Many pet owners never consider the worst when it comes to caring for a pet. While a veterinarian or emergency vet should always be within reach, your ability to care for your pet at home until you get to the vet's office is important, too. If you don't have a first aid kit for your pet yet, here are three things you should include.
1. Quick Clot
Quick clot is a type of topical that can be used to help speed up the process of blood clots forming. In other words, it helps pets to stop bleeding from mild and superficial wounds. While this isn't a life-saving product, it can help to prevent your pet from becoming anemic and to seal up a wound, so it doesn't get infected.
2. Collapsible Carrier
Another thing you should always have with your first aid kit is a collapsible pet carrier. Whether your pet is big or small, you should be able to find a soft carrier that can keep your pet contained and isolated from other animals. This is important to be able to get them to safety quickly. You don't want to have to dig around for a pet carrier, and if you keep an extra first aid kit in your car, you'll have access to a pet carrier wherever you and your pet go.
3. Pheromone Spray
Lastly, consider how scents are so beneficial to calming pets. The same is true when your pet is injured, in pain, and scared. Putting a few things in your first aid kit that smells like you or your dog can be helpful, but the scent of these items wears off over time. Instead, consider including a bottle of pheromone spray in your first aid kit.
These pheromone sprays are intended to help soothe and calm down pets that are anxious. If your pet is stressed out from pain and being in the car while heading to the vet's office, this spray can make a big difference in how your pet acts.
4. Veterinary Items
Lastly, make sure that you have your favorite vet's phone number and a local emergency vet's number and addresses written down in your kit. When an emergency strikes, you don't want to have to panic looking for a vet.
You can also include your pet's medical documentation, like any proof of vaccinations, and a list of the medications they're currently taking. This will ensure that any vet you see will be able to care for your pet quickly.
Caring for a pet during an emergency can be challenging, but it's much easier with these items on-hand. Talk to your preferred animal hospital for additional ideas on building an emergency first aid kit for your pet.