Your pet’s overall well being is of top priority at The Golden Leash and this includes their safety.
The Golden Leash’s walkers are certified in pet first aid. This ensures that our walkers will be better able to identify the signs of an emergency, and be able to quickly apply some basic skills for limiting damage or starting treatments for some of the more common emergencies or injuries.
However, in the event of an emergency, a trip to the vet is always advisable. Pet first aid is the initial care that you can provide for your pet until you can take her to a veterinarian for definitive care.
Today I wanted to share some basic tips for preparing a pet first aid kit. The tools in this kit are applicable to both cats and dogs. If you have a kit as a dog owner you should ensure that your walker or pet sitter knows where the kit is located and of course always supply them with your veterinarian information.
Below are some basic items that are advisable to use in a Pet First Aid kit along with a brief description of their uses:
- Muzzle – appropriate type and size for your pet when animals need to be restrained to provide care or transport – painful and scared animals may bite!
- Emergency contact information
- Your pets’ local veterinarian information (doctor or hospital name, phone number, and address)
- The nearest emergency veterinary facility information (may be different from above)
- Animal Poison Control Hot-line 1-888-426-4435
- Name & contact information for responsible family members or friends if the primary pet owner is not reachable
- List of any ongoing medical illnesses and any medications your pet is receiving (include drug name, dosage [amount, route, and frequency], and pharmacy information)
- Gauze squares – For applying pressure to bleeding wounds and creating bandage
- Roll gauze- For securing bandages in place -may be used as a makeshift muzzle if one is unavailable or the wrong size
- Roll of elastic, cohesive wrap (“Vetrap” bandaging tape)- For securing bandages and splints
- Adhesive tape- For securing bandages
- Bandage scissors- For cutting bandage material or removing bandages from your pet
- Antimicrobial ointment- For applying to/protecting wounds
- Grooming clippers- For removing fur to evaluate and clean wounds
- Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol – For cleaning skin around a wound
- Towel and blanket- For keeping your pet warm- 6 for transport of smaller animals- As a sling for large dogs
- Disposable gloves – Latex-free preferred
- Hydrogen peroxide – To induce vomiting and to help clean small wounds
- Sterile saline eye wash – To flush the eye
- Quick read rectal thermometer- To take vitals
- Pet nail clippers – To clip nails
- Styptic powder- To stop bleeding from nails that are broken or were clipped too short
- Any other items specifically recommended for your pet by your veterinarian