First Aid for Pets: Essential Tips

What People Need to Know About Helping an Injured Pet

ABC News Article
March 2, 2007

While most people are aware of the importance of knowing first aid to help ailing people, many don't realize it's important to learn first aid for their pets.

On "Good Morning America", veterinarian Marty Becker said that accidents couldn't always be prevented, but that by being prepared, pet owners could help keep small problems from turning into big issues.

He said the one thing all pet owners should know was how to give their pet the Heimlich maneuver. They should also have an easy-to-find pet first aid kit at home, so that injuries can be treated before a trip to the vet.

Below is Becker's list of Essential Items for a Pet First Aid Kit:

  • Latex gloves
  • Cotton (balls, sponges and rolls)
  • Cling wrap to bandage (such as Saran Wrap or Vet Wrap)
  • Splint material
  • Adhesive tape
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle-nose pliers (for removing foreign objects from wounds)
  • Nylon Leash
  • Towels
  • Muzzle (soft fabric muzzle for dogs and restraint bag for cats)
  • Thermal blanket
  • Pediatric rectal thermometer; water-based lubricant
  • Antiseptic (such as Betadine)
  • Antihistamines (such as Benadryl, consult veterinarian for dosage)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Activated charcoal
  • 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (induce vomiting and cleaning wounds)
  • Blood stopper such as Kwik Stop
  • Sterile saline wash for eyes
  • Emergency phone numbers for the vet and poison control
  • List of all pet's medications and dosages
  • Board to strap pet with possible back injury

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