First Aid Supplies

Important things to have in your first aid kit

Cuts/Wounds

First you are going to have to clean the cut/wound.

  • Scissors - for cutting out things matted in fur, freeing your pet from entanglements.
  • Sterile eye wash - make sure it is eye wash, not contact lens solution.
  • Tweezers - to remove splinters, or other materials from wounds.
  • Latex or plastic exam gloves - for your protection and your pet's protection
  • Antiseptic wash or wipes - look for non-stinging preparations such as chlorhexidine or betadine. Rubbing alcohol is not good for open sores or wounds.
  • Syringe - Used for pouring water and cuts or giving the animal medicine.

Bandaging

After cleaning the cut/wound you have to bandage it so it doesn't get infected.

  • Roll Gauze - used for bandaging, an aid to stop bleeding, and padding for splints.
  • Bandage Scissors - these scissors have a blunted blade to easily slip between skin and bandage material and not cut the patient's skin.
  • Tape - preferably the 1" white medical tape or duct tape.
  • Ice and hot packs - cool down skin after a burn or keep an animal warm if hypothermic. Always use a cloth between the pack and skin and check frequently for redness or irritation.

Other

Some extra things you may want in the first aid kit.

Something people may forget about is a Phone so you can call a vet or a friend to help you in aiding your pet. Also don't forget to have a list of numbers just in case you can't remember them.