Making a First Aid Kit for Your Flyer

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Making a First Aid Kit for Your Flyer

Postby Joan » Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:44 pm

Making a First Aid Kit for Your Flyer
Holly Nash, DVM, MS
Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

Important Phone Numbers
• Veterinary clinic phone number and directions to the clinic
• Emergency clinic phone number and directions
• Poison control center phone numbers

Equipment and Supplies
• Magnifying glass
• Scissors
• Tweezers
• Styptic powder or sticks, Kwik Stop, or cornstarch
• Penlight
• Scalpel blades and handles
• Eye dropper
• Cotton swabs
• Cotton balls
• Clean towels - cloth and paper
• Rectal thermometer
• Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
• Disposable gloves
• Syringes of various sizes
• Needle-nose pliers or hemostats
• Wire cutters
• Pet carrier
• Heating pad or heat lamp to use at home
• Gram scale
• Stethoscope
• Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep pet warm during transport; wrap the pack in a towel - do not apply directly to your pet, or burns may result)

Bandaging Materials
• Square gauze of various sizes - some sterile
• Non-stick pads
• First aid tape - both paper (easily comes off of skin) and adhesive types
• Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap

Nutritional Support
• Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte

• Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan
• Neosporin or Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
• Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
• Eye wash solution
• Sterile saline
• A probiotic gel such as BeneBac, LactoBac, Probios, or Fastrack
(active culture bacillus can be bought at health food stores and
is probably the best to use)

*Watch the expiration dates on any medication, and replace as needed.
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