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How to Make a First Aid Kit for Your Reptile or Amphibian
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
First Aid, Emergencies, & Poisons
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Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

Important phone numbers
Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic
Emergency clinic phone number and directions
Poison control center phone numbers

Equipment and supplies
Magnifying glass
Scissors
Tweezers
Rectal thermometer
Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
Nail clippers and metal nail file
Penlight
Scalpel blades and handles
Turkey baster
Tub large enough to soak the reptile in water
Eye dropper
Syringes of various sizes
Cotton swabs
Clean towels and/or paper toweling
Disposable gloves
Gram scale (for small herps)
Stethoscope
Wire cutters (if enclosure is not acrylic or glass)
Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep the herp warm during transport; wrap the pack in a towel - do not apply directly to your herp, or burns may result)
Pet carrier, cloth bag, or other items needed for transport
Bandaging materials
Square gauze of various sizes - some sterile
Non-stick pads
First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin) and adhesive types
Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap
Wooden sticks of various sizes for splints - tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks, toothpicks
Stockinette
Gel foam - stops bleeding from wounds (ask your herp veterinarian)
Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional support
For carnivores: one or more of the following: meat baby food, canned cat food, Hill's a/d
For herbivores: fruit and vegetable baby food
Nutritional supplement such as Nutri-Cal, Vitacal, or Nutristat
Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte

Medicines*
Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan
Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
Eye wash solution
Sterile saline to irrigate (wash out) a wound

*Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.


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