If you like to travel, you probably already have a first aid kit in your car. Carrying the essentials to treat a headache or bandage a cut can help keep minor ailments and injuries from becoming more serious. And the same is true for pets! So, if you travel with furry companions, be sure that your kit is stocked with items specific to their needs. Today we’re sharing how to make a DIY pet first aid kit for your car.
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How to Make a DIY Pet First Aid Kit
Before gathering your first aid supplies, it’s important to know how to use them. A pet first aid book is a handy reference, and if you keep it with your kit you’ll be able to review the procedures you’ll need.
There are many first aid kits you can purchase, and some are even specifically made for pets. They contain the basics, but you’ll still need to make some important additions to round out your kit. If you’re willing to invest a bit more time, it’s often more economical to start from scratch and gather everything you’ll need to make your DIY pet first aid kit. Fortunately, you’ll probably have many of these items on hand.
Cuts, scrapes, and torn toenails are the most common pet injuries. In this case, you’ll want to stop the bleeding, clean it, and cover it until a professional can look at it. For these injuries, your pet first aid kit should include:
- Alcohol-free hand sanitizer
- Antiseptic spray or cream
- Blunt nose scissors
- Cotton balls
- Disposable instant cold pack
- Gauze – both pads and rolls
- Pee pads – to keep wounds clean and protect your upholstery
- Protective collar – either inflatable or soft cone
- Saline solution
- Styptic gel – stops bleeding
- Vet Wrap – sticks to itself, not fur or skin
- Vinyl gloves
- Wound boot or rubber booties
Your DIY pet first aid kit should also include certain medications. These should only be administered if you’re instructed to do so by a veterinarian or poison control center.
- Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) – to inducing vomiting, as instructed by a professional
- Diphenhydramine – for allergic reactions, if directed by a vet
Other Useful Items
It’s difficult to anticipate all the things your pet can get into while you’re out and about. The following items can be helpful in a variety of situations:
- Basket muzzle – the open basket muzzle allows dogs to pant
- Disposable syringe – to administering liquid medicine or small amounts of water
- Digital thermometer – know your dog’s normal temperature for comparison
- Emergency blanket
- Petroleum jelly – for lubrication.
- Plastic comb or pliers – to remove cactus spines
- Tick remover
Be Prepared for a Vet Visit
If your pet is injured or ill, there’s a good chance you’ll be visiting a veterinarian. In that case, you’ll be glad to have your pet’s medical records, scanned to a USB drive, in your DIY pet first aid kit. Having all of your pet’s vaccination and health information with you will allow the veterinarian to quickly assess your pet’s condition and begin treatment.
It’s frightening when your furry travel buddy is injured or sick. But when you’re prepared with a little first aid knowledge, a good first aid kit, and information for the vet, you can stay calm and focus on helping your pet.
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