First Aid Kits for Your Pet



Being prepared for everyday accidents can mean reducing the extent of treatment required or even saving your pet’s life.
Buying a first aid manual is a good start if you have, or consider having, a pet. The ‘Guide to First Aid for Your Pet’ by the Animal Emergency Centre in Brisbane can be purchased online and kept on hand with your first aid kit.A basic first aid kit should be made up of:
  • Your vet’s telephone number, including emergency and after hours numbers
  • First Aid manual
  • Rectal thermometer and lubricant
  • Sterile gauze (cover wounds and prevent further infection)
  • Bandages (soft conforming bandages are best)
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton wool
  • Sterile saline (to flush debris out of wounds)
Other items that may be useful in your first aid kit include splint material (such as a piece of wood), a leather lead (to make a noose to approach a frightened or aggressive animal), strong material if a tourniquet is needed and a blanket to keep the animal warm or use as a stretcher.Always get a check up from your vet if you have had to use first aid on your pet.For 24hour emergency service call 07 4151 5044