What To Keep In Your Pet First Aid Kit – National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

  • April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to talk about the key items all pet owners should have in their pet first aid kit. Remember, prevention is key! Not only should pet owners have these items on hand, but they need to know how to use them. Pet owners may also consider being familiar with common first-aid maneuvers such as the Heimlich maneuver and CPR.
  • Pet parents are able to receive training online through reputable pet First Aid training and certification companies. One that I use and trust is https://pettech.net/.  They have online training as well as in person training classes.
  • Key Items that should always be included in an at-home pet First Aid kit suggestions would be : Adhesive gauze pads/tape, rectal thermometer, antihistamines (i.e. allergy medications), antibiotic cream/ointment, hydrogen peroxide, saline solution, anti-diarrheal medications, and more. 
  • Pet owners should consult with their veterinarians for more recommendations as to what should be included in their pet first aid kit and how to use the items. Be sure to also keep emergency phone numbers on hand such as the nearest emergency veterinarian and the poison control hotline.
  • OTC medications (Over The Counter) have different reactions to different animals weights and ages. Please check with your veterinarian, Poison Control and even a respected website will have the answers on dosages and such.