First Aid for Pets

The entire month of April is National Pet First Aid Awareness month. First aid items for humans are commonly found in homes but pet first aid items may not be. It is important to remember that if your family includes four legged members to have pet first aid items on hand in the home as well as when traveling. Be prepared for any type of pet emergency from poisoning to bee stings by keeping a first aid kit readily available.

First aid kits can be bought or you can build your own first aid kit and keep one in the home and one in your car for when traveling. Either way, it is important to be prepared for any event that may leave your pet injured so avoid any problems becoming worse. First aid kits for pets should have the following:

- Tick Remover - Adhesive Tape
- Latex Gloves- Emergency Blanket
- Non Adhesive Dressing- Saline Eye Wash
- Ice Pack- Styptic Powder
- Antiseptic- Digital Thermometer
- Peace and Kindness- Tourniquet
- Skunk Odor Remover- Slip Lead/Leash
- Emergency ID Tag- Portable Meal/Water Bowl
- Emergency Food and Water- Blunt Tip Scissors
- Liquid Bandage- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

Many of these items can be found in your local drug store and here at Cherrybrook. In addition to having an emergency first aid kit every pet owner should know how to perform CPR.

Check out this handy chart from Kurgo on how to preform CPR.