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Making a First Aid Kit for Your Small Pet
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
 €  Nail clippers and metal nail file
 €  Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch
 €  Penlight
 €  Scalpel blades and handles
 €  Eye dropper
 €  Cotton swabs
 €  Cotton balls
 €  Clean towels - cloth and paper
 €  Rectal thermometer
 €  Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
 €  Disposable gloves
 €  Syringes of various sizes
 €  Needle-nose pliers or hemostats
 €  Wire cutters
 €  Pet carrier
 €  Heating pad or heat lamp to use at home
 €  Gram scale
 €  Stethoscope
 €  Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep pet warm during transport; wrap the pack in a towel - do not apply directly to your pet, or burns may result)

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
 €  Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional Support
 €  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
 €  A probiotic gel such as BeneBac, LactoBac, Probios, or Fastrack

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

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