Many small pet owners do not realize the need for a first aid kit for their small pet. While most small pets are confined to a cage for the majority of their lives, they can still be injured. Without the proper supplies, a small injury could become a serious problem.

One of the first things a small pet owner should have is the number to a veterinary clinic that sees small pets. Making sure you know of a vet that treats small animals, before a life-threatening situation happens, is very important. The vet should also be familiar with your pet before she is sick or injured. Taking a small pet to see a vet when you first bring your pet home will help the vet establish a baseline of health. Then, your vet will be able to recognize a problem with your pet when he sees it. Some more numbers that you, the owner, should keep on hand are an emergency vet clinic (also checking with the clinic beforehand to make sure they see small pets) and a poison control center. Most veterinary clinics are not open all day, every day, so having an emergency contact before something happens is very important. A poison control center’s number will give you access to someone who can give you advice on immediate action to take in case your pet ingests something she is not supposed to. This quick response can be life saving.

The next step in making first aid kit for your small pet is to gather the supplies needed. Make you sure have a sealed container; usually, a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid will suffice. Basic supplies are:

    • A book on basic first aid for small animals


    • Clean towels


    • Cotton balls


    • Cotton swabs


    • Disposable gloves (for medical use, not food use)


    • Handling gloves


    • First aid tape


    • Gauze (both roll and square)


    • Non stick pads


    • Gatorade or non-flavored Pedialyte


    • Tweezers


    • Scissors


    • Magnifying glass


    • Mineral oil (can be used as a lubricant or a laxative)


    • Eye dropper


    • Heat pack or hot water bottle (for travel, do not let the animal come in direct contact with the heat source)


    • Heat pad for use at home


    • Rectal thermometer



    • Styptic powder or cornstarch (to stop bleeding)


    • Antibacterial ointment


    • Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)


  • Sterile saline

With any of the medications, check the expiration dates and replace as needed. Some of these supplies should already be in a first aid kit for people. However, having a separate one specifically for a small pet will not only make sure you have all the supplies you need but it will readily available in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, always follow the advice of a veterinarian.

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  • This is really informative. Thank you for sharing. I’ve been putting together information for an article on gift ideas for small pet owners. Looking forward to more great ideas from this blog! Thank you.

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