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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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:
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.
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:
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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