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First Aid Kit and Contact Information Tips.

  • First Aid Kit SuppliesPhone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency-veterinary clinic (along with directions!) and a poison-control center or hotline (such as the ASPCA poison-control center, which can be reached at 1-800-426-4435)
  • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag within the pet first aid kit).
  • The following is a suggested list for a cat first aid kit supplies. Contact your vet with questions on how to use specific items.  Fully assembled kits are available online and may differ from the suggested list below.
  • If you have a pet carrier with a built-in pocket, place a backup list there as well.
    • Pet-specific supplies
    • Pet first-aid book
    • Nylon Leash
    • Self-cling bandage (bandage that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur—available at pet stores and from pet-supply catalogs)
    • Muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting (don’t use this if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing or otherwise having difficulty breathing)
    • Basic first-aid supplies
    • Absorbent gauze pads
    • Adhesive tape
    • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder or spray
    • Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)
    • Cotton balls or swabs
    • Gauze rolls
    • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting—do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert)
    • Ice pack
    • Non-latex disposable gloves
    • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
    • Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
    • Scissors (with blunt ends)
    • Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
    • Sterile saline solution (sold at pharmacies)
    • Tweezers
    • A pillowcase to confine your cat for treatment (should any treatment near or on the head be needed a pillowcase makes it easier to restrict your pet’s movements for both it’s safety and yours while allowing the head to be exposed)

Veterinarian

  • veterinarianChoose your veterinarian before an emergency so they can get to know your pet.
  • Ask friends or family members who have pets for their recommendations.
  • Take the opportunity to view the facility.
  • Can your vet respond in an emergency?

Animal Hospital

Here a few suggestions to include when asking about your emergency vet.

  • animal hospitalThe pet hospital should have staff on site 24/7 and a 24 hour emergency vet readily available.
  • Not everyone has the full funds to pay for immediate surgery; can the hospital accommodate a payment plan?
  • Naturally, the closer the hospital the better in case of an emergency, less than an hour travel is ideal.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read these tips, I hope you found them useful in your decision-making process.

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