With the holiday season upon us, families take to the road and travel to see friends and family for the holiday often carrying their dog in tow. To make sure your pooch is safe while traveling, it’s important that every pet owner have a pet First-Aid Kit for the road. Here’s what to include in your easy do-it-yourself doggy first-aid kit:
First and foremost, it is important to learn how to securely restrain your dog in a vehicle. You make sure your kids are buckled before driving away, so why not you’re your pet. There are a wide number of pet car-restraint products on the market and it’s important to invest in one so to protect your pet incase of an unforeseen accident.
Next, you will need to purchase a first aid manual for pets. There are some great guides out there including one put out by the American Red Cross (they even have an app now!). In addition you should write down the name and locations of nearby veterinary hospitals, while also having the phone number for the pet poison control hotline. The ASPCA operates a 24-hour Animal Poison Control Center helpline at (888) 426-4435.
Now onto the supplies. Your doggie first aid kit should include, but isn’t limited to:
- small scissors
- hydrogen peroxide for accidental poisoning (check with poison control hotline before administering)
- styptic swabs (to stop any bleeding)
- tape or stretchy wrap
- ear thermometer
- wash cloths and mild liquid soap
- water and clean bowls
Now that your first aid kit is together, it’s time to hit the road! Safe Travels!