Pet First-Aid Kit For Your Car: Are You Prepared?

According to the ASPCA, about one in two Americans owns a dog or cat. And if you're one of many pet parents who enjoys taking your pet for a ride in the car either for errands or for a longer trip, it’s always good to be prepared. Since you never know when an accident may occur, having a basic first-aid kit handy for your furry friend will help give you peace of mind. Whether you’re taking a road trip to the beach or going to the local post office, it’s always best to follow the saying…It is better to have and not need than to need and not have – especially when it comes to your pets!

Therefore, Furlocity has put together a list of items that can help your pet in an emergency situation. An easy way to assemble this kit is to purchase a kit designated for people and then add pet-specific items to it.

1. Basic first-aid supplies

These supplies are essentials to human first-aid kits:

  • 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)
2. Pet-specific supplies

These supplies are pet-specific to be added to the above items:

  • Pet first-aid book *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): proof of rabies-vaccination status, copies of other important medical records and a current photo of your pet (in case he gets lost) *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)
3. Other useful items

These miscellaneous items can also help if in a pinch:

  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian must tell you the correct dosage for your pet's size. *Ear-cleaning solution *Expired credit card or sample credit card (from direct-mail credit-card offers) to scrape away insect stingers
  • Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar) *Nail clippers *Non-prescription antibiotic ointment *Penlight or flashlight
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
  • Splints and tongue depressors
  • Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals, pet-supply stores, and your local pharmacy)
  • Temporary identification tag (to put your local contact information on your pet's collar when you travel)
  • Towels
  • Needle-nosed pliers

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