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First-Aid Kit for Pets

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Suggested Items For Your Kitten’s First-Aid Kit:

  • 2 rolls of 3” gauze bandage
  • 3” X 3” gauze sponges
  • Nonstick adhesive tape
  • Nonstick bandages
  • Antibiotic ointment (e.g. Neosporin, Animax)
  • Water soluble lubricating jelly (e.g. K-Y Brand)- to take temperatures and to keep debris out of open wounds
  • Sterile saline solution (e.g. those used for contact lenses) – to flush eyes/wounds – DO NOT use Visine, Murine, etc.
  • Hydrogen peroxide – to induce vomiting or clean scrapes (Do not use on puncture wounds.)
  • Tweezers
  • Nail trimmers and styptic powder (to stop the bleeding if the nail is trimmed too short).
  • Rectal thermometer (dogs’/cats’ normal temperature is 101 – 102.5 degrees)
  • Muzzle – the nylon muzzles perferably
  • Benadryl or diphenhydramine elixir (12.5 mg/ml liquid – caution: most are 12.5 mg/tsp). 25 mg capsules can be used instead. Dosage = 1 mg/pound. (Not recommended for kittens with a history of seizures.)
  • Paper towels – to clean up messes
  • Several large plastic bags – to protect your vehicle’s upholstery/house furnishings from blood, urine, feces.

Additional Items:

  • Clean towels – to restrain your kitten
  • Blanket – to keep your pet comfortable as well as warm in the event of shock
  • Hot water bottle (a 2-liter bottle filled with warm water can substitute) or a rice-filled stocking (wrap in a towel or slip into a thick sock after warming)
  • Pet carrier – to transport small kittens
  • A plywood board the appropriate size for both your pet and vehicle – to use in transporting large pets to your veterinarian, especially when a back injury is involved.

***This information was provided by a book entitled: Emergency First Aid for Your Dog by Tamara S. Sherer, DVM. It was published by Ohio Distinctive Publishing, Inc. – 1996. This book provides a lot of valuable information about what to do in virtually every possible emergency situation. If interested in more information:
Ohio Distinctive Publishing
4588 Kenny Road
Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 459-0453
www.ohio-distinctive.com
Jefferson Animal Hospital is in no way affiliated with Ohio Distinctive Publishing or Doctor T.S. Shearer.