Almost every home has a first aid kit for the human residents, but have you forgotten your furry family members? Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital does provide 24/7 emergency veterinary services, and we offer other specialty services by appointment, but what about vacations or disaster situations? If you can’t get to us immediately, you’ll need to provide the primary care that could mean the difference between saving and losing your pet. The proper equipment makes success a whole lot more likely.
Absorbent gauze pads; adhesive tape, alcohol wipes, artificial tear gel, cotton (balls/swabs), disposable gloves, hydrogen peroxide (a 3% solution will induce vomiting, but call the vet before you go this far), ice pack, liquid dish soap (for external cleaning), an oral syringe (a turkey baster does quite well), over-the-counter antibiotic ointment, saline eye solution, scissors (blunt end), a small flashlight, styptic powder (to decrease bleeding), towels and tweezers.
Generally, you won’t keep your pet’s regular medications in the first aid kit, but that’s a good place to carry them when you’re headed out on the road. You can opt to collect your kit on your own or purchase a ready-made kit, both options are equally good. If you have a less common pet — lizards, turtles, goats, horses, whatever — you may need extra species-specific gear.
Now That You Have It
Keep the name and contact info of your regular veterinarian and Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435). If you’re vacationing out of the San Francisco, California, area, you may want to check for a vet or clinic where you’re heading, just in case.
Once you’ve assembled your kit, don’t ignore it. Many materials have “use by” dates, after which, their effectiveness decreases. Check your pack a few times each year (as well as your human kits!) to be sure nothing needs replacement. And, like your human kits, keep it away from the youngsters.
We Intend to be There for You
We’ve been around a lot of years, and we’re not going anywhere. We intend to be providing emergency veterinary services to your children’s pest and their children’s pets. Sadly, there are a few things we can’t control, like earthquakes, power failures or extreme weather. The talented folks at Nor Cal Vet are happy to serve you whenever you need emergency veterinary services. In those rare moments we can’t, we want you to be ready to do what needs to be done to keep your pets safe.