We all know the basic importance of keeping emergency medical supplies on hand for emergencies at home. Most of us forget, however, to cater for some very important family members – our pets. A few basic medical supplies can make their lives a lot easier and can prevent small scratches or injuries becoming festering sores that require a vet to sort out. There’s a medical supply company that is not limited to supplying the medical needs of humans but also that of your pets.
Start off with the basics – do you have ticks, snakes or spiders in your yard? Bites from poisonous animals require immediate medical attention. Other bits can usually be dealt with at home. Make sure that the area is clean – use an anti-bacterial lotion and apply a salve afterwards. Bandage the wound. Be sure that the animal is soothed throughout – this is usually a two man job as they do not understand that you are trying to help them.
Most pets stick their noses where they don’t belong and will end up getting a lot of splinters, etc. Remove any visible splinter pieces using a pair of tweezers. Assess the wound – should it be very deep, or very big, you should go to your vet. A smaller wound can safely be dealt with at home. Use a disinfectant lotion and clean the wound. Apply a salve and bandage if necessary.
Broken limbs are not something that you can treat at home. However, getting your pet to the vet can in this instance can involve discomfit for them. Gently immobilize the break with a splint. Do not give the pet meds.
Insect bites, poison ivy, etc. can affect out pets just as much as they can with us. Have some form of anti-histamine on hand in order to deal with these rashes. Apply and consider placing a bandage over the rash to stop the animal licking the area. Consider oral measures as well.
Every person in your family needs a backpack with supplies in in case of a natural disaster. This includes your pets. You need to have enough bottled water and non-perishable food items to last them a few days. Add in their books of life, something to eat out of and a can opener as well, if necessary. Assign a family member to be responsible for this pack in an emergency.
Last but not least, have your vet’s numbers easy at hand – you do not want to have to look up numbers when your pet is injured.