Frequently Asked Questions

Pet First Aid Kit, Basic Contents?
Everyone who shares a home with a pet should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand. The following should be included:

  • A good pet first-aid book
  • Phone numbers:
  • Veterinarian
  • The nearest emergency veterinary clinic
  • A poison-control center or hotline
  • Paperwork:
  • Proof of rabies vaccination status
  • Copies of other important medical records
  • Rectal thermometer (your dog's temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
  • Sterile gauze rolls and pads for bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
  • Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
  • Epsom salts
  • Tweezers
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Antiseptic lotion, powder or spray
  • A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment
  • A Nylon leash
  • A carrier for small dogs or cats 
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Splints and tongue depressors
  • Towels
  • A muzzle or strips of cotton to prevent biting
  • Penlight or flashlight
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Ice pack
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Glucose paste or corn syrup
  • Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals and pet supply stores)
  • Latex gloves
  • Ear-cleaning solution
  • Nail clippers
  • Extra medication the pet is taking (cycle this item occasionally to keep meds current, and not expired) 

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