Packing a Green First Aid Kit for your Pet ~ Traveling with your faithful companion can be a very rewarding experience. Pets enrich our lives, and they can offer a lot of comfort and joy. But in today’s times we need to travel as green as possible while still providing for simple necessities. And one such necessity you should consider when traveling with your pet or camping with your dog ~ hiking with your dog, is a first aid kit just for them.
After all, things do happen that are out of our control. And we want to keep the safety of our pet in mind. So, with a little effort, we can easily put together a pet first aid kit that makes traveling safer while being earth friendly in its design.
Green First Aid Kit for your Pet Kit Container
When putting together a pet first aid kit, take some time to consider the container itself. You will want a container that opens easily, since after all you may be occupied with a wounded pet. Also try to find something that is durable and as close to waterproof as you can. Finally, make sure that it can hold everything you need without undo force required to close the lid. And make sure that the kit fits the intended travel – you may have to downsize things if you expect it to fit in your dog’s backpack.
Basic Contents for First Aid Kit for your Pet
Creating a pet first aid kit is not that different from one for a person. You need to be able to apply basic first aid to your pet, so the materials need to be on hand. For simple first aid, consider the following items:
- Blankets – An injured pet may need to be covered, and it can offer protection in the case of adverse conditions.
- Masking Tape – In the event of a spinal injury, your pet may need to be secured to a board by a means that will not harm fur. Typical adhesive tape, such as those used for bandages, may prove to be too much when used to restrain the pet.
- Muzzle – Obviously required more for a dog than a cat, muzzles are good to have handy in case of an injury. An injured or stressed dog is more likely to bite than it would otherwise, and it could help to protect the animal from any required defensive actions.
- Activated Charcoal Tablets – Activated charcoal can help with your pet’s diarrhea and gas while traveling. In some cases kaeopectates could be used, but you should ask the advice of your vet first. Also note that the absorption capability of activated charcoal could help in the case of accidental poisoning.
- Antibacterial Ointments – This will help with nicks and cuts your pet may experience in their travels.
- Cotton Swabs – For cleaning wounds and applying medicines as required.
- Tweezers – Great for pulling splinters and cleaning wounds.
- Gauze and Gauze Pads – Wound treatment – keeping a wound clean will aid in healing and prevent more serious infections.
- Vet Approved Ipecacs – In the case of serious poisoning this can induce vomiting, removing the toxins from the body. But improper use can be dangerous, and some pets cannot be induced this way without injury. So be sure to ask your vet first before inclusion or using.
- Medicine Droppers – For drop by drop administration of medicines and flushing with a cleaner.
- Scissors – Scissors are essential to trim fur from affected areas as well helping with wound dressings.
- Adhesive Tape – This strong tape will secure the gauze and pads when dressing a wound, but be careful to not involve too much fur in the process. This kind of tape can be hard to remove from such surfaces and may need to be cut free.
- Saline flush – Use this in place of Hydrogen Peroxide when cleaning a wound. It can also be used to clean eyes from contaminants.
- Destination Specific Items – Not all pet first aid kits are equal, nor do they need to be. For example, you may be traveling into an area that has poisonous plants or extreme heat that you would normally not need to prepare for.
- Emergency Numbers – Be sure to include not only the number of your regular vet but also the number of a close by pet hospital for the area you are visiting. In the case of an emergency this can save valuable time. A great place for this is on the inside lid of your pet first aid kit.
- Extra Food Another thing to bring is extra food for your pet. We always prefer the best dog food that’s organic.
What Not To Use in Pet First Aid
While first aid for a pet is not radically different from basic first aid concepts for people, there are nonetheless some things that should be avoided. Hydrogen Peroxide kills white blood cells that would otherwise be fighting the infection. Instead use a saline flush.
If you have a cat, then never give it aspirin or Tylenol (acetaminophen). These drugs are toxic to cats, and should be avoided at all costs. Ibuprofen should never be given to dogs, since it can cause kidney failure – even a little can make them very sick.
As you can see, it is easy to put together a pet first aid kit for your favorite companion that not only could prove valuable on a trip but also avoids components that are harmful to the planet. It is one of the best things that you can have for your pet that you hopefully will never use.