The California Veterinary Medical Association is urging dog owners to be prepared for pet health emergencies.
Peter Weinstein, DVM, president of the CVMA, recommends pet owners have a dog first-aid kit on hand, especially helpful if a dog gets injured or becomes ill after regular veterinary business hours.
Basic supplies for the kit should include:
- Phone numbers of the dog’s veterinarian and after-hours emergency clinics with driving directions.
- Hydrogen peroxide, which can be used as a disinfectant or to induce vomiting.
- Gauze rolls and sponges for bandaging and wound cleaning.
- Adhesive tape for bandages.
- Thermometer, non-breakable plastic, digital recommended.
- Cotton swabs, tweezers, scissors, instant cold pack, and antibiotic ointment.
- Eyedropper or syringe without the needle for giving oral treatments.
- Clean linens and rubber tubing to apply pressure to wounds or use as a tourniquet.
The association also advises pet owners not to waste time searching for information on the Internet when a pet health emergency happens. Because early intervention can be crucial, pet owners should apply basic first aid if necessary and contact a veterinarian.