How to prepare a First Aid Kit for Your Pet in Dubai?

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

A first-aid kit is an absolute necessity in a household, be it for humans or for pets. 

Pets are (for the most part) active and notorious, they like to play, run around, and sometimes even get in a little bit of trouble, or scuffles with a fellow friend. As much as we love and care for our pets, we should realise that small accidents are unavoidable, and you do not need to a vet call for every little splinter or cut. 

A homemade first-aid kit works great at times like this. However, if the accident or cut is of an extreme nature, we recommend you take your little guy to your local veterinarian ASAP. 

You can obviously buy a readymade first-aid kit from a medical shop, however, making one at home gives you the flexibility to include (or not include) things as per your pet's needs and requirements. 

A well-equipped first-aid box helps in providing immediate relief and slow down any threatening condition. 

Here is how we create our special DIY first-aid kit for our furry friends:

The Box

Your Pet's First Aid Kit Checklist

Get a big enough container that comes with a zip lock compartment separate from the main compartment. We’ll tell you what we need it for. 

Content of the Box 

  1. Vaccination details, Medical Records, Emergency Phone Numbers, and Contact of the Nearest Vet: Place these in the zip lock compartment, so that in case of any spillage inside the compartment, your documents remain safe and secure. Keep these handy in case of any emergency, so you would not need to waste time hunting for important documents. This would also help if you’re leaving your pet with a pet sitter, or if someone else needs to access the kit in your absence. 
  1. An extra set of prescribed medication and prescriptions, so that a third person can grab them in case you’re unable/unavailable to.
  1. Styptic Powder: This can be applied to small wounds that would not stop bleeding, like a quicked toenail, etc. 
  1. Hydrogen Peroxide: Apart from treating wounds, hydrogen peroxide can also be used to induce vomit, in case you’re pet has swallowed poison or something else that they were not supposed to have. 
  2. Milk of Magnesia: This can be used to absorb poison, treat

note: always consult a veterinarian before treating your pet for poison, and/or using milk of magnesia or hydrogen peroxide to make sure your pet isn’t allergic to any of their ingredients. 

  1. Nonstick bandages, Gauze, and Medical Adhesive Tape for securing the bandages (do NOT use human adhesive bandages, like band-aids on pets).
  1. Tweezers: Tweezers can be used to remove ticks, small splinters or even pieces of glass. 
  1. Antiseptic Wipes, Rubbing Alcohol and Cotton Balls for cleaning wounds. 
  1. Antibiotic Ointment: If your pet gets a small cut, antibiotic ointments will help prevent infection, relieve pain, and act as a barrier to bacteria and germs. It’s something every first-aid kit should have.

Even minor cuts and scrapes can lead to a lot of major health problems if they become infected.

  1. Small Scissors with a Blunt End
  2. Digital Thermometer for Pets: 

To check your pet's temperature, do NOT insert a thermometer in your pet's mouth—the temperature must be taken rectally.

  1. Muzzle: To cover your pet’s mouth in case they get violent and start biting. Remember to NEVER muzzle their mouths if they are vomiting. 
  2. Disposable Gloves
  3. A small towel

Remember that first aid is only the first step. You should ALWAYS consult a veterinarian to understand the severity of your pet’s condition and take them into care if and when necessary.