Do you have a first-aid kit in your home?
We do…sort of.
It’s actually a shoe-box sized plastic container that we keep under the sink of the first floor bathroom and it’s kind of a disorganized mess and pretty hit-or-miss on needed supplies. That means that, when we really need it, we are probably out of it.
When you update your first-aid kit (or if you are starting one from scratch) keep the pets in mind and be sure to have some things in there that will help in case of a canine- or feline-related injury. This could save you a lot of trouble and money in the long run.
Here are some suggestions for your pet first-aid kit, and most are probably good to have for the people in the house as well:
- Anti-bacterial soap: Great for flushing out minor cuts and scratches
- Hydrogen peroxide: Again, great for cleaning wounds. Also, this is a necessary ingredient in anti-skunk serum (that will be covered in another blog entry.)
- Neosporin: After wounds a cleaned, this stuff is magical for preventing infection.
- Styptic powder: This I have and thankfully have never had to use it. This potion will stop bleeding quickly if you happen to cut your dogs’ nails too short. Don’t use it on wounds, however. It’s only for pedicures gone horribly wrong.
- Gauze and self-adhesive tape: Band-aids are not meant for furry creatures.
- Benadryl: This can be a life saver if your dog has an allergic reaction, like a bee sting. Just be sure that the type you give your dog is antihistamine only — no added ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Probably also a good idea to have Pill Pockets, cheese or peanut butter handy to persuade the dog to take the pill.
- Cotton balls: These, alas, are in my makeup bag and not in my medicine box. Will remedy that today.
If you have any other suggestions for a proper first aid kit, be sure to leave a comment.