Setting up a first aid kit for pets will give you the peace of mind in case of an emergency. Because when a pet emergency occurs, the last thing you should be doing is scrambling for the things you need. Make sure to look into your pet first aid kit every six months or so to make any significant replacements and check if everything is all up to date.
1. Stay calm, do not panic.
Rule of the thumb- if there is an unexpected happening, think first, then act. Jumping into a situation troubled and not prepared may stress the animal further. Speaking in a soothing voice, preventing confrontational body language and direct eye contact is more helpful than you think. One more important thing is also to try approaching the pet from the side, facing sideways.
2. Contact Card for Emergency
Use a contact card to write up the contact numbers for your veterinarian, a 24-hour emergency animal centre, and animal poison control. If you have to leave your pet with a sitter, a copy of the card can stay with them. It is also a good idea to have a copy in your wallet or purse.
3. Rubber Gloves
When administering first aid for pets, gloves are essential items to have. Also, to keep yourself safe, using gloves helps lessen your pet’s danger of infection. It’s remarkably easy to infect an animal’s wound by mistake.
Bandages are – like for humans, one of the essential tools in the first aid box. In many instances, the bandage you put on after an injury will be temporary until you can get to your veterinarian. Still, it serves a significant role by giving support and preventing contamination. Also, ensure bandages are comfortable enough so that they won’t fall off but not so compressed that they compromise blood flow.
5. Sterile Eye Solution
It isn’t very comforting to think of chemicals or foreign items being all-over near your pet’s eyes. If something makes its way into your pet’s eye, the animal is probably going to scratch or rub. Eye injuries can be real emergencies. Consult your veterinarian before trying any medication or remedy at home. If you are told to flush your pet’s eye, you’ll want a good eyewash close at hand. While generic eyewashes are widely accessible, a few have been created to address the specific needs of dogs and cats, so you have to be careful in choosing one for your pet.
The most important thing is to have a first aid kit handy all the time– wherever you are. Knowing what to do if your pet is injured is something that every pet owner must know. Aside from the first aid kit, it is also advised to be keeping a close eye on any change in your pet’s behaviour – as any change may mean they are experiencing discomfort in their little way. The point of pet first aid is to conserve life, to lessen pain and agony, to prevent the situation from becoming worse, and to encourage recovery. These objectives are the same as for human first aid.