Pets love trails. We run, jump, and play in the mud, and our puppy does the same. Here at Survival Bros, we care about our animals, so we take good care of them, and prepare for their survival needs. This is a short list of items to have in a pet first aid kit. Some of these things you may already have on hand. All items can fit in a large Ziploc bag, which we like so everything is easy to see. Any portable waterproof container would be wise. Or you can even make a tactical dog vest, so they can carry their own gear. The point is, make one that works for you and your furry friend too.
- Blunt tipped scissors to cut away clumped hair, or tangled sticks without poking your pet.
- Bottle of eye wash solution is a great sterile way to flush any debris from your pets eye.
- Hydrogen Peroxide works well for cleaning small wounds.
- Triple antibiotic ointment for dressing wounds after they have been properly cleaned.
- Sterile nonstick pads are best as adhesive strips don’t really stick to puppy fur (Vet Wrap).
- Nail trimmers, tweezers, and comb.
- A leash in case it’s not your animal your treating, you still need to be able to control them if they are able to walk.
- A big clean towel to dry them off, warm them up, or if needed, stop bleeding by applying pressure.
- A muzzle that fits your animal is good to have in your kit in case they are scared, or hurt bad enough. You love them, they love you, but in a fear moment while you’re trying to help them, they might bite you. Also consider putting a plastic cone around their head to prevent further injury.
- Rain coat or poncho with hood.
- Harnesses are helpful.
- Also, make sure to have your animal’s tags on them in case they get lost. You can also have a microchip implanted in your pet for security reasons, and tracking. It’s a little 1984, but it could come in handy if a collar breaks.
- Instant Cold Pack for swelling.
- Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for insect bites and bee stings.
- Rectal thermometer.
- Extra pet food and water.
Basic first aid is applicable to animals and humans. Knowing how to properly clean and dress a wound is survival basics. Being able to do it on yourself, someone else, or a pet means you can potentially safe the life of a loved one. In an emergency, remember to keep calm, think rationally, and address one issue at a time. Be extreme out there people, and take your pets outside with you! And please visit Survival Bros again soon. Peace.