Dr. Ben Leavens brought in a pet first aid kit that he made for about $35. The discussion covered how easy it is to make one, how to maintain it, how to use anything in the kit and why each item was in the kit. Toxins is a very common cause of a need for first aid, which was covered in more detail in the second segment.
If people make their own kit, they can bring it by Main Street Pet Care and we will provide a free instant hot and cold pack and a supply of gauze pads for their kit starting Monday.
Your Kit Should Contain
Absorbent gauze pads
Cotton balls or swabs
Fresh 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always check with veterinarian or animal poison control expert before giving to your pet)
Scissors with blunt end
OTC antibiotic ointment
Oral syringe or turkey baster
Liquid dish washing detergent (for bathing)
Saline eye solution
Artificial tear gel
Phone number, clinic name, address of your veterinarian as well as local veterinary emergency clinics.
Make sure to check your pack every few months to make sure nothing has expired or needs to be replaced. And of course keep your kit out of the reach of children.
Here is the ASPCA link that we will have on our web site and facebook page: http://www.aspcapro.org/resource/saving-lives/how-make-pet-first-aid-kit
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