Pet first aid.

Pet owners never want to face a pet health crisis without the right stuff. Putting together a pet first-aid kit is just one way you can set your pet up for a better result from a sudden injury or illness, and can even save you precious time en route to a veterinary hospital

Preparation: Half the Battle

Simply acquiring all the right supplies and storing them in an accessible location can go a long way toward helping a pet in need. Amazingly, most of the items you’ll need for a pet first-aid kit are easily found at the drug store and, in fact, you probably have most of the supplies at home in your own medicine cabinet. 

All the Right Paperwork

Depending on what type of container you purchase for your pet first-aid kit, there may be room to hold all the pertinent health information needed during an emergency room visit. Printouts of their vaccination history, prescription medications, and general health records may be required for emergency treatment. 

We also recommend having a recent photograph of your pet, our hospital contact information, and numbers of crisis hotlines, such as the ASPCA Poison Control Center (1-800-426-4435).

Great Organization

Everything in your pet first-aid kit has a place, and a specific reason for being there. Familiarize yourself with pet first-aid protocols and practice occasionally. Restock any used items and rotate out supplies that are expired. 

  • Gauze roll and pads
  • Self-adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Alcohol
  • Saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Ice pack
  • Gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Styptic powder
  • Thermometer and lubricant
  • Blanket or pillowcase

The following are the most common pet emergencies that must be tended to immediately:

  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Choking
  • Obstruction
  • Broken bone
  • Eye injury
  • Problems urinating or defecating, with or without the presence of blood
  • Pain
  • Seizure
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Collapse
  • Unconsciousness

Time is of the essence during a pet emergency. Please call us for advice on pet first aid, or if you need help with transporting your pet during an illness or injury (we can advise you). We are open 7 days a week for emergency care, and recommend calling us when you’re on the way. 

A Note on Pet CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can keep vital blood flow moving to the major organs in the event your pet stops breathing. Using a combination of chest compressions and artificial ventilation, pet CPR can save a pet’s life. However, it should only be conducted by a trained individual, and as a last resort.

Pet First Aid

If you have questions about administering pet first aid or how to gather the right supplies for your kit, please call us at (732) 531-1212. Your team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is always here for you.