Veterinarian Shares Important Pet Safety Tip Most Pet Parents Neglect
No matter where you live, it's important to plan ahead for yourself and your loved ones in case of an emergency. Officials recommend packing an emergency kit, designating a meet-up spot, and testing alarm systems on a regular basis. But have you thought about planning for your pets?
Dr. Adam Christman is a veterinarian who shares informational TikTok videos to help pet parents learn as much as they can, and this time he's breaking down one important pet safety tip that not many people consider.
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Do you have a first aid kit for your pet ready to go? Not many folks do! It can be difficult to know what you'll need in a difficult situation, so packing all of the essentials ahead of time is a great way to help everyone stay safe and calm.
In case you need to make a shopping list, Dr. Christman's animal first aid kit included:
- pet emergency information sheet
- ice pack
- collapsable dish
- extra collar and leash
- adhesive wound dressing and bandaging supplies
- popsicle/compressor stick
- tick removal tool
- styptic powder
Several commenters have made additional suggestions such as tweezers for splinters, Benadryl for allergies, and even a carrying harness for dogs with mobility issues. Feel free to tailor your pet's first aid kit to your pet's specific needs, such as a litter box for cats. And don't forget to add an ID tag to that extra collar you packed!
The CDC also has a helpful online checklist that you can use to pack the perfect emergency bag for your fur baby. You'll want to have extra pet food water stored safely nearby--just like you'd have for yourself.
It might take a little effort to put together first aid kits for your pets, but when the time comes that you need it, you'll be so glad you did!
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