Have you ever thought about having a first aid kit for you pet? I must admit I have never had or thought of one. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, one in four pet deaths could have been prevented by the use of appropriate first-aid procedures. Twenty-five percent sounds high, but are you willing to be in that twenty-five percent?
Pet first-aid kits are available for purchase, but you can save a little money and make your own with items you probably already have on hand. Right now you can also take advantage of the back to school after sales and pick-up one of those large plastic pencil boxes for a dollar or less to use as your pet’s first-aid kit container.
Also, having your first-aid in a handy container allows you to pack it up with the rest of you luggage when you travel with your pet(s).
• A list of emergency phone numbers: veterinarian’s office(s) and emergency pet hospital. You can locate one in your area by visiting vetlocator. There is an Animal Poison Hotline at 888-232-8870. Using this hotline costs $35.00 per incident, and can be charged to your credit card.
• Cat first-aid and/or first-aid book(s), which is available through the Redcross.
• Muzzle that fits your pet. This is to keep from getting bit during treatment.
• Blunt-end scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, a syringe, and plenty of sterile bandages.
• Styptic powder to stop toenails from bleeding.
• Sterile eyewash and eye lubricant.
• Sterile water-based lubricant (i.e.: KY Jelly). Believe it or not this helps hold fur away from a wound.
• Container to hold your first-aid kit together.
• Medical or other items for your pet’s specific medical conditions.
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Teresa Harris is a Lake Norman Residential Real Estate Broker who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in Lake Norman and surrounding counties. Please visit www.TeresaMHarris.com for your relocation and/or your local needs.
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