Parade magazine in last Sunday’s paper had a nice article on pet first aid. Dr. Karen Halligan details what to do in the case of car accidents, bleeding, choking, loss of consciousness, and poisoning.
In addition, the article states you should have, at a minimum, these items collected as a pet first aid kit that should be available to anyone who lives with a pet.
- Phone number and directions to the closest 24-hour clinic.
- Antibiotic ointment
- Gauze bandages and tape
- Wound disinfectant
- Heavy towel or blanket, for both warmth and to use as a stretcher
- Diphenhydramine (such as Benadryl) for allergic reactions
- Sterile saline for eye-flushing
- Disposable latex gloves
- Muzzle – even if your dog has never shown the slightest inclination to bite, you don’t know what he will do when injured.
If you want to learn more, the Red Cross offers a pet first aid class; contact your local chapter to schedule.