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How to create a First Aid Kit for your pets- keep your summer safe and fun for you pets!

Dr. Nicole Mueller WTMJ radio show June 15th:

Whether you keep this in your car or at home, having a pet First Aid Kit on hand can help prevent more serious pet health issues this summer!

We never leave home for camping, hiking or other travels without a few essentials.   These supplies will help you deal with an emergency situation in the short term- to buy you enough time to seek veterinary care.

To start— Get a small clear Rubbermaid bin in which to store your supplies.  Keep it in the same place at all times so everyone in the family knows where it is in the event of an emergency.

Supplies:                                                                                                                                                        

1)      Gloves in your size

2)      Bandage materials: vetwrap (aka co-flex) + gauze + non-stick pads + bandage scissors.

Vetwrap is a bandaging material specially designed to wrap around a furred-patient’s wound.  The material sticks to itself- not to skin/hair- so it’s easy to apply- even on a furry friend- and easy to remove.

3)      Tweezers— to help remove thorns or ticks.  There are specially-designed “tick removers” some like to use- I still think Tweezers are the easiest and most multi-functional.

4)      Thin-toothed comb to remove burrs

5)      Nail trimmers and “quick stop”— in case of a split/torn nail that’s not too severe (ie not involving the “quick”)

6)      Benadryl (diphenhydramine).  Call your veterinarian and ask for your pet’s dose in case of an allergic reaction.  Good to have on hand in case of a severe allergic reaction when you’re far from an available vet.

7)      Thermometer and sterile lubricant (water-based)- KY or similar; normal temp is 100-102.5 F for dogs.

8)      Cold pack

9)      Clean towels

10)   Ingredients and recipe to make skunk odor neutralizer:
Mix together the following:
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide + 1/4 cup baking soda + 1 teaspoon liquid soap
Soak the dog with water and then work the solution into a thick lather on the dog.  Leave lather on for 3 – 5 minutes and then rinse off.  
(Make certain you don’t get any solution in the dog’s eyes.) 

11)   Phone number for animal poison control

12)   Phone number for 24-hr veterinary emergency center closest to your home- so you don’t have to look it up in the midst of an emergency.  If you’re traveling, look up contact information for a veterinary clinic near where you’ll be vacationing BEFORE you leave and leave it in the kit, so if a problem arises and you don’t have cell reception, you still have an address or phone number to try.

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