Emergency First Aid Information
We get a lot of owners asking what they should have on hand in case of an emergency. Here are some suggestions of what you should keep in your pet’s first aid kit.
- Emergency Numbers including Veazie Veterinary Clinic (941-8840), the Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic (989-6267), and Poison Control Hotline (1-800-213-6680).
- Some Gauze pads and rolls of gauze for small cuts and abrasions.
- Medical tape for securing gauze.
- A stretchy bandage like Vet-Wrap that can also be used for protecting larger wounds.
- A pair of scissors.
- A ruler or other stiff object to act as a splint.
- A triple antibiotic ointment.
- A digital thermometer and sterile lube like KY Jelly.
- Nail clippers.
- Tweezers for removing ticks and brambles and splinters.
- Rubber gloves.
- A muzzle: even if your pet is the sweetest thing on earth, an injured pet can be unpredictable.
- Sterile Saline Solution (eye wash) and eye lube can be helpful if you pet gets debris in their eye or scratch.
- Dawn dish soap is a very mild soap that can be used to clean your pet if they get chemicals or oil on their skin.
There are two other things that may be helpful to have on hand. Please do not administer either of them without the advice from your veterinarian on which and how much to use.
- Hydrogen peroxide: this causes your pet to vomit if they ingest something they are not supposed too.
- Activated Charcoal or Toxiban: give this to your pet if you suspect they have ingested a toxin.