First Aid Kit Checklist
- Save your veterinarian’s phone number and emergency veterinary clinic’s phone number (if applicable) in your cell phone address book and keep a hard copy in the kit.
- Gauze to wrap wounds or muzzle animal.
- Adhesive tape for bandages.
- Nonstick bandages (i.e., Telfa pads) to protect wounds or control bleeding.
- Towels and cloth to clean wounds or to wrap up the pet.
- Milk of Magnesia or activated charcoal to absorb poison (be sure toget the advice of your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poisoning).
- Large syringe without needle or eyedropper (to give oral treatments).
- Muzzle, a basket muzzle is the best option but a cloth muzzle will also work, (soft cloth, rope, necktie or nylon stocking) or use a towel to cover a small animal’s head. Do not use in case of vomiting.
- Stretcher (a door, board, blanket or floor mat).
The American Animal Hospital Association advises that you contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet is injured or ill. First aid and the recommended first aid kit are not a substitute for veterinary treatment. However, knowing basic first aid could help save your pet’s life.
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