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Be prepared for pet emergencies

I read your column last week about preparing for fire. I am getting a first-aid kit together for our pets as well as the family. Can you advise us on what to include in it?

Thank you,

Getting Prepared

Dear Getting Prepared,

So glad to hear you’re getting prepared! A first-aid kit is a great item to have for your pets even without the threat of fire. It’s great to bring when you take your dog hiking, camping or any “away-from-home” activities. The ASPCA Animal Control Center experts also recommend that you invest in an emergency first-aid kit for your pet.

The kit should contain: Fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3-percent USP (to induce vomiting); turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to administer peroxide); saline eye solution; artificial tear gel (to lubricate eyes after flushing); mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (for bathing an animal after skin contamination); forceps (to remove stingers); muzzle (to protect against fear- or excitement-induced biting); can of your pet’s favorite wet food; and a pet carrier.

Always consult a veterinarian for directions on how and when to use any emergency first-aid items. We also suggest that you keep the telephone number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, 888-426-4435, as well as that of your local veterinarian in a prominent location.

In addition to the above ASPCA recommended items, also include a box or corn starch, it can be used to temporalily clot a bleeding wound, which will give you time to get to a veterinarian.

Also when it comes to medication, I have been asked if it’s OK to give aspirin to dogs or Ibuprofen. I strongly advise owners to never give their pets any medication without first consulting with their veterinarian. Many drugs human drugs, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, can cause serious or potentially life-threatening problems, depending on the dose involved. Ibuprofen can definitely be toxic to all pets, even in small doses. Depending on the dose ingested, significant gastrointestinal damage or even kidney damage could result. So never give your pet Ibuprofen.

Hoping this helped,

Hopeful Henry

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