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Making A Pet First Aid Kit

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Putting Together the Best Pet First Aid Kit

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Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Every Scout knows it is best to be prepared, so every home with a pet should have a first aid kit on hand. There’s more to putting together the best first aid kit than just throwing stuff in a container; it takes forethought, research and, of course, care. And, if you’re like most people who get panicky when it comes to emergencies, instructions are as important as the kit itself, if not more so. Here are the steps you should take, and the items you should purchase, to ensure your pet first aid kit is first class!

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To be best prepared, consider taking the American Red Cross’ pet first aid course. Courses are available at American Red Cross locations and teach participants how to be prepared for emergencies that involve a cat or a dog, and how to protect themselves and the animal from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies. The course teaches prompt, effective first aid actions and care. Cost is typically around $70; well worth it for the peace of mind you’ll get by knowing you can help not only your pet, but others, if the need arises.

 

As for the first aid kit itself, it should include:

 

 

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • Absorbent compresses (or gauze sponges in a variety of sizes)
  • Adhesive tape, hypo-allergenic
  • Clean cloth
  • Cold compress
  • Compact thermal blanket
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, only use with veterinarian’s guidance)
  • Epsom salts (for making saline solutions)
  • Glucose paste or corn syrup (if your dog is a diabeticor has low blood sugar)
  • Grooming clippers
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Material to make a splint: household items like newspaper, sticks, and pieces of wood
  • Muzzle: you can buy one or make your own with a roll of gauze
  • Nail clippers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Non-adherent sterile gauze pads
  • Non-latex, powder-free disposable gloves
  • Nylon leash
  • Pediatric dose syringe
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Roll bandages, such as 3-inch gauze wrap that stretches and clings
  • Roll gauze: 2-inch width
  • Small flashlight
  • Small scissors (with a blunt end to prevent cutting skin)
  • Small wire cutters
  • Sterile eye lubricant
  • Sterile saline eye wash
  • Styptic powder
  • Towel
  • Triple antibiotic ointment
  • Water-based sterile lubricant (like KY Jelly)
  • If your pet has a specific medical need, ask your veterinarian what else you should include in the kit

 

 

A list of emergency phone numbers including your veterinarian, an after-hours emergency veterinary hospital and the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) should be taped to the inside of the box as well.
All of these items are quite useful, but you need to know how and when to use them. If you opt against the pet first aid course, be certain to include a book or first aid guideline with your kit. The instructions are as important as the kit itself, if not more so.

 

Once your kit is complete, be sure to keep it in a readily accessible place and out of reach of your pet and your children. Regularly check expiration dates on medicines and supplies in the kit and throw out any outdated items. And finally, you might want to keep your supplies in a waterproof box just to be sure it’s extra-protected, and keep a spare one in your car.

 

No one likes to think about their precious pet being injured, but as with almost everything in life, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you are well prepared and ready for action should your pet’s life depend on it.
 

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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6 Disaster Planning Ideas for You & Your Pets

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 Certified Animal Disaster First Responder explains

What you should do to plan and prepare in case of disaster

for you, your family and pets

Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Every year disaster hits in the US. It could be a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, fire. However, it could also be a water main break, fuel tank truck accident, a deranged person on the loose!!

Disaster Planning for you and your pets NOW is essential to ensure less stress all around.

As the owner of one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire and the owner of quite a few pets of my own, I was concerned after 9/11, what I should be doing to keep my family safe. I researched and found classes to become certified through a few organizations and compiled quite a lot of great information.
Here are 6 ideas to do now and have ready if you ever get that knock on the door that says you need to leave NOW

  • Never leave your pets.

You don’t know how bad the situation is or isn’t. You don’t know if or when you may return, it could be minutes, hours, days, weeks or never, depending on the situation. Also, the situation may look not that bad now, but it could always get worse. Be on the safe side and take them with you.

 

  • Have a “go” bag for you and your pets. Have one per person and per pet ( multiple pets can be combined).

For people, It should have a few days clothes, all weather gear, extra shoes, extra self care products (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, other personal care items), medications.

For pets, extra collars, leashes, a crate for each pet ( in case cats need to be crated for long times, it needs to be big enough for a bed, Litterboxes, food/ water), any special food, medications.

Have an area in your closet or pantry that you always stock and rotate to “go” food, such as bottled water (rule is 1 gallon per person per day, approx. 1 gallon per 2-4 dogs/6-9 cats per day, depending on sizes and medical), protein bars, canned food, portable plates, utensils, etc.

 

  • Have a list of places you could go with your pets.

Find multiple places that allow pets located out of your neighborhood, out of your town, maybe an hour away and maybe out of your state. In a rush of a disaster or emergency, the leg work you do here will be priceless. Why do you need so many? It depends on the emergency/ disaster. If it is something contained in your neighborhood, you really don’t need to travel so far but if it is a state emergency, you maybe forced to go farther. Having multiple listings will help you call and make reservations quickly before places book up. Everyone else will be in your same situation, so the faster you are in calling, the faster you will be in a place all settled. Places to consider could be family, friends, pet friendly hotels/ motels, bed and breakfasts, etc.

 

  • Make sure everyone in your home knows the plan

Everyone should know what to do, where to go and who to check in with so everyone knows each other is safe. In case cell phones are down as in the Boston bombings, have a few designated people out of state that all family members know to call. If for whatever reason, your family is split up because it happens while you are at work, school, shopping etc. , every one in your family needs to know the plan.

 

  • What about when I’m away and you are pet sitting for us?

We always ask for two emergency people, preferably one is within walking distance. This person should have a key to your home and is willing in this type of situation to help your pets. This should be prearranged. This is only for a disaster emergency situation. Whether roads are impassable or evacuation. Can’t I depend on my pet sitter? No, if roads are impassable, then we can’t get there. Also, we literally have hundreds of pets in our care daily. We can not transport or house that many. Our disaster plan is to do what we can by keeping them in their own homes, we will make sure all pets have extra food and water, put pets in a designated place in a home if owners choose.

If we are able to stay with pets in the home, especially with any medical issues we will, but its not always possible.

If we can take pets with us we will, but again, it’s not always possible.

You need to have a plan B. A trusted neighbor who only has to help their family and your pets in this emergency is more likely then us helping over 100 pets scattered all over.

 

  • Plan, plan, plan.

We all tend to think it happens some where else to some one else. We all get busy and forget. When I was being certified for Animal Disaster Response, I researched as much as I could from many resources. I compiled this information into my “Disaster Planning for You and Your Pets”. There is a lot of information, ideas and suggestions. If you could break it down and do just a few things every week, you will eventually be prepared. If you never need to use your plan, great but if you are ever in this situation, with your mind in panic mode, you will have a step by step guide to follow. When you and your family, (human and pets) are all safe, you will be glad you prepared.

Do you want more ideas? I have researched and compiled all the information on disaster planning from many organizations such as Red Cross, Humane Society of the US, American Humane Association, FEMA and more!

Here’s my link: Disaster Planning for Your and Your Pets

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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