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Stocking a Pet First Aid Kit

Stocking a Pet First Aid Kit

Keep a pet first aid kit available and know how to use it. Check the expiration dates of all medications at least once a year, and replace them when necessary. Include the following items:

  • Muzzle

  • Bandaging materials (including gauze, sterile pads, stretch bandage, adhesive tape)

  • Duct or packaging tape

  • Small scissors with blunt ends

  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%)

  • Cotton balls or swabs

  • Saline solution

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Splinting materials

  • Tweezers or forceps

  • Bulb syringe

  • Thermometer (for rectal use)

  • Lubricating jelly

  • Disposable gloves

  • Kaolin-pectin (for mild diarrhea)*

  • Activated charcoal or milk of magnesia (to deactivate poisons)*

  • Small amount of any medication the pet takes daily

*Always check with your veterinarian before using any over-the-counter medication.