Pet Emergency Kit

Pet Emergency Kit

Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:

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
• Nail clippers and metal nail file
• Cornstarch (to help control bleeding from a nail)
• Penlight
• Scalpel blades and handles
• Turkey baster
• Eye dropper
• Syringes of various sizes
• Feeding tubes of various sizes (if you are trained in how to use them)
• Lubricant such as mineral oil or KY Jelly (without spermicide)
• Cotton swabs
• Clean cloths and/or paper toweling
• Disposable gloves
• Stethoscope
• Gram scale
• Needle-nose pliers or hemostats
• Wire cutters
• Net
• Towels for restraint and/or to cover cage
• Pet carrier
• Heating pad or heat lamp to use at home
• Home thermometer to measure temperature of bird's environment
• Heat pack or hot water bottle (to keep the bird warm during transport; wrap the pack in a towel - do not apply directly to your bird, 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 feathers, or use masking tape) and adhesive types
• Bandage rolls - gauze and Vetwrap
• Wooden sticks of various sizes for splints - tongue depressors, Popsicle sticks, toothpicks
• Stockinette
• Gel foam - stops bleeding from wounds (ask your avian veterinarian)
• Band-Aids (for humans)

Nutritional Support
• Rehydrating solution such as Gatorade or Pedialyte

Medicines*
• Wound disinfectant such as Betadine or Nolvasan
• Triple antibiotic ointment for skin
• Antibiotic ophthalmic ointment for eyes, e.g., Terramycin
• Eye wash solution
• Sterile saline

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