First Aid Kit and Contact Information Tips.
- Phone 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)
- 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)
- Choose 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?
Here a few suggestions to include when asking about your emergency vet.
- The 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.