Get peace of mind and make your own DIY pet first aid kit. And you don't have to break the bank to buy the required items!
DIY Pet First Aid Kit - What you'll need
Storage container with a snap-lock lid
Cotton Pads for clean-up and topical applications
Gauze for swabbing, padding, or wound cover
Bandages for compression and dressings
Medical adhesive tape to keep gauze in place
Q-tips for topical applications and clean-up
Flea and Tick Treatments
Antiseptic for small cuts and wounds
Sanitizer for your own hands after dealing with wounds
Think about what your pet needs medically day to day and in an emergency. Consider your local area and your pet's lifestyle for any extras – such as doggie sunscreen or tick removal devices.
Package all of the items into the container. Don’t forget to label the kit with your vet’s emergency contact number. Should you have an emergency on your hands this saves time by allowing you to call the vet for help while attending to your pet.
Clear out the Medicine Cabinet
Throughout the year it’s easy to build up old tablets, powders, lotions, and potions for your pet. The trouble is these medications go out of date, and using them when they have expired can be ineffective. So go through your home medical collection and dispose carefully of anything damaged, or out of date. Once the clean-out is complete, now’s the ideal time to stock up on at-home treatments such as worming tablets or flea treatments for your at-home kit, to ensure you have your pet's healthiest foot forward. Also, put dates on all new products bought, so you won't have any question about how old it is.
Create a Doggie Profile
As a pet sitter, I cannot stress enough the importance of having a CHEAT SHEET for any person caring for your pet. You never know when you may be called away suddenly or unable to return home. Having a short guide to what your dog eats, where they sleep, how often they exercise, and any important medical info means that practically anyone can step in to care for your pooch when you can’t. Believe me, if you get hit by a bus, this one-page document means one less thing for you to worry about. Ok, I know the getting hit by a bus example was a bit dramatic, but you get the idea.
For basic pet first aid certification, you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home. For as little as $15.00, you can take a course on Udemy and learn the first aid basics and pet CPR. If you want in-person training, just internet research your city for pet first aid courses, and something is bound to come up. Also, check with your local vet.....they might offer a class or be able to recommend one.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR DOG CARE:
Fuzzy - An app that lets you talk to vets via text or video 24/7 Pawprint - Keep track of your pets health with this app Pet Growth Notes – Track your pets personal and medical info Dog Help Network – A new online guide providing help & information on a variety of dog health issues.
Knowledge is power! The more knowledgeable you are about being able to help your dog with medical needs or save your dog in a life-threatening emergency, the more empowered you will feel! And that my friends, is an amazing feeling.