June 21, 2017

What's in your pet first-aid kit in 2017? Here's a quick look at what you should stock up on.

You have a pet first aid kit, right? Oh, you don’t? Turns out it’s easy to put together with items you already have in the medicine cabinet or pantry!

Pro tip: keep one at home and one in the car. That way you’ll be prepared in case of a dog park injury, or if your dog swallows something really weird while out on a walk. Accidents can happen when you least expect them, even in the safety of your own home. While we hope you never need it, a first aid kit will go a long way towards keeping your pooch healthy and safe.

Dog First Aid Kit Checklist

Information is power

  • Your vet’s phone number and the number for your closest 24-hour emergency vet
  • A first-aid guidebook
  • Your pet’s vaccination history
  • A recent photo (in case your pet gets lost)

Extra supplies

  • A leash
  • A pet carrier

Helping and healing

  • Gauze
  • Blunt-end scissors
  • Activated charcoal for accidental poisoning (contact Poison Control before administering)
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ice pack
  • Tweezers, and an old credit-card for removing bee stingers
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • A penlight or flashlight
  • Nail clippers
  • Antibiotic ointment

Oh, and TREATS! Anything that motivates your pooch is particularly good, though of course, make sure it’s non-perishable for longest shelf life. (Cheese isn’t going to work here, in other words.)

Kit-list credit : www.rover.com