Tips from Your Emergency Vet in Tulsa: How to Make a Cat or Dog First Aid Kit
You probably have a basic first aid kit for yourself and your other human family members, but do you happen to have a cat or dog first aid kit, too? If your family includes members of the four-legged kind, seriously considering assembling a first aid kit just for them—just in case. Emergencies can happen any time, and with a pet first aid kit, you can keep potential incidents well under control.
If you have questions or need help, you can always call us at 918-665-0508.
Why Your Cat/Dog First Aid Kit Should Include
Your pet’s first aid kit should always be kept fully stocked and stored in a place that can be reached easily and quickly. Here are some of the most important items your kit should contain:
- Phone numbers for your pet’s regular veterinarian, our facility (918-665-0508), and the Animal Poison Control Center (they can be reached at 888-426-4435; a fee may apply)
- Copies of your pet’s medical records, including their vaccination history
- A roll of gauze for muzzling or wrapping wounds
- Clean towels, non-stick bandages, or strips of clean cloth for protecting wounds and controlling bleeding
- Adhesive tape to secure bandages (do NOT use human bandages)
- Activated charcoal or milk of magnesia for absorbing poisons (contact your veterinarian or our facility before attempting to induce vomiting in your pet)
- 3% hydrogen peroxide (call your veterinarian or our facility before administering to your pet)
- A digital “fever” thermometer
- A large syringe (without needle) or eye dropper for flushing out wounds and administering oral medication
- A leash for transporting your pet
An Important Reminder
Even the best first aid kit for your dog or cat cannot substitute emergency veterinary care. We encourage you to contact our hospital in Tulsa or drive right over so we can provide further assistance and ensure that your pet is stable and poised for recovery.