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DIY Pet First-Aid Kit: What Supplies Are Essential for Your Furry Friend?

April is here, and along with the blooming flowers and warmer weather, it brings a critical reminder: it's National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. As responsible pet parents, one of the most important things we can do for our furry companions is to be prepared for any unexpected emergencies that may arise. Just like having a first aid kit for ourselves, having one for our pets can make all the difference in a moment of crisis.

It's also important to keep your pet first-aid kit easily accessible. Consider having one at home and another in your car, especially if you frequently travel with your pet. Being prepared wherever you go ensures that you can act swiftly in any situation. You can always purchase a pre-made first aid kit. Although, making your own allows for you to customize the kit to fit the specific needs of your furry friend.

Remember, the goal of a DIY first aid kit is not to replace professional veterinary care but to provide immediate assistance until you can reach a veterinary hospital. In case of a serious emergency, always seek professional help promptly.

So, what should you include in your pet first-aid kit? Let's break it down with a handy checklist:

  • Emergency information (We have created an emergency sheet & checklist that you can print and fill out for your kits!)

Include your personal contact information, veterinarian, local emergency-veterinary clinic, and a poison-control center or hotline (ASPCA poison-control center: 1-800-426-4435). A copy of your pet's medical record (vaccine history, medicines, etc.), as well.

Pet Emergency Sheet & Checklist
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  • Pet’s Photo

  • Emergency contact numbers for your veterinarian and local animal poison control center

  • Copies of your pet's medical records

  • Pet first-aid manual or guidebook & Checklist (Included in the custom template)

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide

  • Gauze pads and rolls

  • Adhesive tape

  • Scissors (with blunt ends)

  • Tweezers

  • Disposable gloves

  • Cotton balls or swabs

  • Instant cold pack

  • Hand sanitizer: Never use on your pet! Clean your hands before and after treating a wound.

  • Clean towels/blankets

  • Vetericyn: A sting-free spray to clean wounds.

  • Antibiotic ointment.

  • Cotton balls/swabs.

  • Styptic powder: Quickly slows bleeding on minor cuts.

  • Vet Wrap: Used to secure gauze or bandages.

  • Tick remover

  • Eyedropper or oral syringe

  • Digital thermometer

  • Petroleum or water-based lubrication

  • Spare leash & collar

  • Travel bowl

  • Alcohol prep pads

  • Eyewash or saline solution

As we celebrate National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, take this opportunity to assemble or update your pet first-aid kit. Your furry friend relies on you for their well-being, and having the right tools at your fingertips can make all the difference in ensuring their safety and health. Let's make this April a month of preparedness and peace of mind for both you and your beloved pet!


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