Happy National Pet First Aid Awareness Month!
Given this holiday and the recent 4.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Alberta, there is no time like the present to prepare yourself for any other issues or emergencies.
Where Does My Pet First Aid Kit Live?
You wonder, will I actually use my Pet First Aid Kit? Truthfully, we hope you never need to. However, exercising caution and preparing for a potential issue or emergency is the best way to ensure your peace of mind.
So, before we get into what to include in your Pet First Aid Kit, let’s establish how you’ll have quick access to it in case of an emergency. First things first, you should not need a ladder or a special tool to access it. Keep the Pet First Aid Kit in a popular area of your home like the kitchen. If you already have a dedicated space for your pet in the kitchen, add the Pet First Aid Kit to that area. Other common areas to store your Pet First Aid Kit are the laundry room or next to your human first aid kit.
Again, the most important thing here is accessibility. In the event of a natural disaster, you want to be able to quickly grab your Pet First Aid Kit and head to safety.
Now that you’ve found a permanent home for your kit, think about creating a checklist or system that reminds you to grab the Pet First Aid Kit when you head out of town with your pet. Going camping? The Pet First Aid Kit is a necessity!
If you and your dog are particularly active and are often out and about, it’s a good idea to think about putting together an additional Pet First Aid Kit. This kit should live in your car or in your backpack so that you have it on a hike or adventure.
Remember to make sure that your Pet First Aid Kit is ready for your pet sitter. Check out our Ultimate Checklist to Prepare for your Pet Sitter so that you don’t forget! Leave your sitter detailed notes about where to find the kit and what to do in the event of an emergency. Providing them with a regular vet as well as a nearby emergency vet is extremely helpful.
How to Create a Pet First Aid Kit
Now that you know where to keep your Pet First Aid Kit, It’s time to put it all together. DIY Pet First Aid Kits are easy to create. Thankfully, a lot of the items found in the kit are also found in human kits!
You can also look into purchasing a pre-made kit and adding any additional items as necessary.
Here are the general items you should have available to you in the kit:
- Non-stick bandages
- Medical tape
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Disposable gloves
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- Blunt scissors
- Alcohol wipes
- Pet Antibiotic Ointment
- Pet Saline Solution
- Pet Styptic Powder
- Activated Charcoal
- Towels or paper towels
You will also want to include items that are specific to your pet:
- Any medications they take
- Some food
- Your veterinarian’s business card
Check your Pet First Aid Kit on a somewhat frequent basis, depending on your adventure level. Look for any missing or expired items and replace them as necessary. To make it easy, schedule a Pet First Aid Kit Check into your calendar.
How to Prepare Yourself
You have the tools you need in case of emergency, but are you ready to handle the emergency head on? It’s important to talk to your veterinarian before administering any first aid to your pet. They will provide you with the most accurate medical advice specific to your pet.
Often times, veterinary practices or certain organizations online offer free training classes or seminars detailing exactly what you need to know about handling an emergency. These cover things like how to induce vomiting in the event of poisoning, how to administer Benadryl in the event of an allergic reaction, and how to properly apply antibiotic ointment.
While there are many wonderful resources online, it’s important to remember that your veterinarian’s advice is highly advised.
Pro Tip: Make little instruction cards based on the information provided by your vet or a training class. Print the cards out and add them to your kit. This is helpful because it can be difficult to remember every little detail when dealing with the stress of an emergency.
Emergencies are just that – stressful. While your pet is like a furry member of your family, keep in mind that the most helpful thing you can do is remain calm. Your pet can tell when you are stressed or upset. Plus, if you remain calm and clear-headed, you are more likely to correctly tackle any vital task at hand.
In Case of Emergency Sitter or Walker
Another important tool to have in your arsenal is a helping hand. Find a pet sitter or dog walker nearby in Edson that you know and trust. Keep their information handy for whenever you need it.
A dog walker or pet sitter can be helpful in a variety of situations. If you need to rush one pet to the emergency vet, you can feel safe knowing that your other pet is being looked after. Having someone available is also especially helpful when dealing with human emergencies. A family member in the hospital? Stressful, last-minute business trip? Having someone that you (and your pet) know and trust is vital to keeping yourself calm during these emergencies. It also frees up space in your mind to focus on what is most important at that moment.
To prepare your pet for a last minute pet-sitting visit from Poop’d Out, we recommend building a relationship beforehand. Get your pet used to their new friend by scheduling a walk or drop-in visit every so often. This starts a healthy relationship between your pet and their caretaker, so when something does come up, your pet is happy to spend time with our sitters.
Poop’d Out makes it easy to sign up and book appointments from your phone or computer. While you’re on the go, simply request the service you need, and you’ll hear from us ASAP.
As much as we don’t like to think about these possible emergencies, it’s best for you and your pets to be prepared well ahead of time. Do you have any additional questions on how to prepare your pet for an emergency? Ask away – we’re here to help!