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What do you need to handle emergencies at home and on the road?

A big part of successfully handling minor injuries and illnesses in your pet is advance preparation. And even major injuries and other very serious situations can be helped if you have the proper supplies to use while you are en route to the vet.

What should be in your pet first aid kit?

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the first things in your first aid kid should be contact information. Know how to reach your own veterinarian, the nearest emergency clinic, and animal poison control. 

What else should be in your first aid kit? The AVMA recommends the following:

Gauze - for wrapping wounds or to use as a muzzle.
Nonstick bandages, towels, or strips of clean cloth - for bleeding or wound protection.
Pet-safe adhesive tape 
Milk of magnesia or activated charcoal - for poison consumption. Use only under the advice of a veterinarian.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%) - to induce vomiting. Use only under the advice of a veterinarian. 
Digital thermometer
Eye dropper or large syringe without a needle - for flushing wounds or giving oral medicines.
Stretcher - a door, board, blanket, or floor mat may work. 

For more first aid help, check out the American Red Cross Pet First Aid app. It includes videos, interactive quizzes, and advice to help you learn pet first aid. There are also step-by-step instructions to help you get through common emergency situations. 

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Take a few moments to make sure you are ready in case of an emergency!


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