Pet Home Medical Kit or Animal Rescue Kit




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Not really a list of instructions, but a good idea of what to put in an emergency kit.
A much more pared down version would be appropriate for the average pet owner.

Step 1: Assemble

Use a small sturdy tackle 14" plastic tackle box.
Small enough stick on the counter, under the sink or take in the car.
We bought about a dozen of these @ $7 each at Walmart.

Acarexx - for mites
Advantage/Frontline - for fleas
Strongid - for worms
Albon - for diarrhea
Drontol - for worms
Terramycin / or other Opthalmic ointment - for eye infections
Clavamox pills - antibiotic
Calvamox liquid - antibiotic
Lysine - nutritional supplement
Laxatone - for hair balls
Anti bacterial ointment - for wounds
Earwax removal fluid

Sharpy marker
nail clippers
nail trimmers
letter opener w/ razor blade for removing mats
breakaway collars
flea comb
lint brush
large feeding syringe
various size medicating syringes
insulin syringes
pill pockets
bottle / nipples
plastic fork

Also have on hand.
KMR - powdered kitten milk replacement
Lactulose, for constipation
Pedialyte unflavored, for dehydration

Obvious a pet owner wouldn't need everything all the time.
But look under your sink I bet you have collected a bunch of stuff from the vet already.
This will allow you to put it all in one place and segregate it from the 'people' medications.
If you only have 1 or 2 pets this will also give you a place to keep all your medical records WITH the medications. So you will remember who had what.



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    10 Discussions

    Rider Girl

    5 years ago

    Sounds like a great kit I will try it :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I keep pill pockets in the refrigerator, frontline, drontal, and brewers yeast (natural flea control), L-lyseine supplement treats (immune booster), dental chews and greenies, a few cans of pate style cat food for an icky tummy (normally they eat dry foods, although one of them hunts rats & rabbits outside, and some table foods), toothpaste and finger brush, betadeine solution (minor scrapes or paw injuries), cotton balls, tweezers for ticks, nail clippers, slicker brush, "kong" rubber undercoat thinner brush, flea comb, de matter tool and safety tip hair cutting scissors (for big mats), and an antihistamine (clorphenamine maleate, my cat can take 1/4 of a 4mg tablet) and a pill cutter. The antihistamine is good for when he gets fantastically itchy due to fleas and the flea treatment hasn't settled in yet, Anyway talk to your vet before giving your pet ANY medications. You should also have some old towels or inexpensive white shop towels, chucks pads, some form of enzyme cleaner, and some sort of "shampoo", even baby shampoo, in case you need to bathe your cat (trust me, with pets, sh^t happens). You can wet one of the shop towels and suds it a bit and wash the cat without dunking them. Latex or nitrile gloves for dealing with blood or poo situations. I agree that a sub-Q kit is a good idea with an older cat, especially or if you're in a remote area and don't have ready access to a 24/hour vet. An "e" collar (keep it with your pet carrier to take to the vets, will save some $) and a pet carrier to transport your pets. I have some leftover meds like clavamox pills (when we used it breifly and switched to another med) and opthamalic (eye) antibiotic gel, but I always ask before using those in case they're too old. Keeping the supplies in a tackle box does make good sense though. Styptic is also good for cats, in case you cut a nail to the quick or the cat scrapes it.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea to have a pet emergency kit. Some comments - I have reality tested my own kits in the field: (1) So much of what you put in there is by prescription only. Vets tend not to prescribe for a "just in case" situation. You're a shelter so perhaps you don't know how vets restrict average pet parents. SOME Shelters (not yours) get all this big pharma tick and parasite stuff, and their local on site parasites become immune to it, or that was their excuse in my case. I adopted rescued animals who were dosed up with all this stuff, and came filled with fleas, worms, parasites etc. anyways. So it's imprtant to know some integrative solutions where products are avail. w/o prescriptions, and believe it or not, do work. (2) Re Clavamox liquid - needs to be kept refrigerated and then only lasts 10 days see instructions. You'll need to get a scrip for the powder, and take bottled water along. (3)Same thingwith the opthalmic ointment - refrig. (4) Same thing with the Lysine e.g. Viralys which is administered orally for eye herpes infections - refrig. What I would add, as many integrative vets are discovering are some products which are preventative as well as prescriptive, such as: (a) PROBIOTICS - these help keep their immune systems strong esp. in an emergency situation, fight tummy issues and counteract the sometimes inevitable situations when you have no choice but resort to antibiotics e.g. Kyodophilus. Cleans up from herpes and diarrhea except for most severe cases. You can get BENEBAC no scrip needed from pet stores as a cheapy probiotic works well esp. with Coccidiosis common when a kitty is stressed. (b) SUB-Q FLUID SETUP If you're going to go ahead and get all these vet level things, and want to be prepared to address Real Emergencies, esp. traveling, IMO the best #1 intervention in any emergency is to preent shock. Small mammals go into shock very quickly they can't lose too much fluids - so I would get a sub-q setup and knowhow to use it. Very simple, even youtube videos on how to. That's extremely helpful in emergencies such as an over heated pet, a wounded pet, a bitten pet, a pet off its food and water due to whatever when hydration and injection of other helpful items are necessary. (c) Bach Flower Remedies. By far the most useful intervention for a freaked out traumatized animal are the Bach flower remedies. Keep the RESCUE remedy in the kit. Ask any vet. (d) I always have some dry pet shampoo so I can clean up without dunking in water. e.g. the ones with neem in it. (e) ALWAYS keep a large clean towel foleded at the base of the kit to wrap them in, they feel so much safer wrapped up snugly when traumatized, medically or otherwise, and are easier to handle. (f) LATEX GLOVES... any bleeding animal. (g) HYDROGEN PEROXID, IODINE, Colloidal Silver... wound cleaning etc. etc. insect bite - esp. spider bite control... (colloidal silver) (h) Hydrocortisone for bites! (i)Sterile EYE WASH - a must have! (J) Since all the other stuff needs to be kept on ice, how about an ice pack, a must have for pet trauma care.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    good call on the styptic, i haven't had to use it so i forgot about it. as for muzzles, i'm cat oriented and i have only had to muzzle 1 dog ever


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This seems to be missing anything for dressing a wound. I think you need to add gauze wrap, 2x2's, 3x3's, and 4x4's, adhesive tape, and a roll of CoFlex/VetWrap. Also, hypos generally require a prescription to buy, possess, and use; they are not available to your average pet owner. Single-dose hypos of some vet meds/vaccines are available from some suppliers such as UPCO (a favorite of mine -- great customer service and a fantastic shipping cost philosophy.)

    3 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    generally a pet owner wouldn't even need hypos unless they had a RX to accompany. Some of us who get in diabetic cats with their insulin never have enough on hand. As for dressing a wound. we don't do any of that at all. an animal with a wound of unknown origin goes straight to the vet. it is best if we leave it alone until the vet gets to it. Most cats aren't too please when they are wounded and it is too dangerous to try to DIY. besides dressings don't stay on cats too long once they are awake.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, that explains it -- you are cat-centric and I'm dog-centric. :-) I have a Golden Retriever and an English Setter. I have to bandage-up one of my dogs every couple years because they've cut a foot on a sharp rock when swimming or received a laceration blasting through brush. My dogs seem to appreciate that a bandage is helping them (at least for a day or so....)


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    then i guess we'd have to toss in a Recovery Collar as well 8) they have some that fold now.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i'm wondering when the last time i have ever seen anyone get adhesive tape on an animal that wasn't unconscious?