Even if you do not go outside, you might get injured. (Like the time Dave accidentally spill hot soup on Diego.) Here is a kit that can be put together from common objects:.
Bottle of Powder Stypic (to stop toenail bleeding)
Pair of Latex Gloves (to give your health care provider protection from bloods and other fluids)
1" by 6" year of Sterile Gauze Bandage (to wrap wounds)
A bottle of eye and skin wash, 1 Fl. Oz (to flush wounds)
Package of triple antibiotic Ointment (to apply to wounds)*
Package of Hydrocortisone Cream (rashes, itching, spider bites)**
Iodine Antiseptic wipes (sterilization)
Insect Sting Wipes (apply to insect bites/stings)
Roll 1/2" by 2 1/2 yard Adhesive Tape (to secure bandages)
Gauze Pad (to apply to wounds)
Pair of scissors (for trimming furs around a wound and to cut the bandages and tape)
Hand Wipes (for attendant clean up)
Antiseptic Towels (to clean wounds or your attendant's hands)
Cotton Swabs (apply ointment or creams)
Tweezers (to remove splinters, ticks, etc.)
You should store you first aid kit in a waterproof container and you should tape a list of important phone numbers to the inside top of the box.
Your list of phone numbers should include:
Your Veterinarian, including their full name and address.
Microchip Company and the chip number for you and your fur-sibs.
Local Animal Control
Local Human Society
Nearest emergency animal hospital
Local law enforcement agency
Local Red Cross chapter
Animal Poison Control center
Pharmacy for Pet Medications.
Make sure to take your kit with you if you are going boating or camping or on a trip always from home and always make sure that you have an additional list of phone number made up for the area you are traveling to.
If something should happen to you, your human may not have time to find the phone book to get the phone and location of the nearest emergency animal hospital.
Remember that first aid is NOT a substitute for proper veterinarian care, but prompt first aid COULD save your life while a veterinarian's care is being obtained.
* My bean wish me to add that some humans are allergic to a drug called penicillin. I do not know if this happens in cats, but if so, you should not use Triple Antibiotic Ointments. Instead use a regular first aid cream as use of the Triple Antibiotic Ointments may cause a staph infection which would be even worse.
** Even a 2% hydrocortisone cream can be very useful in the treatment of spider bites, but especially those of the poisonous brown recluse spider which does not always react to other types of treatments.
I hope you all have a healthy and safe weekend and don't forget about the Pet Shoot tomorrow, Saturday, September 27th at Walgreens.
This is a one day event at over 3,000 different locations. For $5.99 your photo package will include a 5x7 of you, a photo cd with your image on it, and pet treats and photo coupons.
$5.00 of the fee will be split evenly between the Delta Society and Best Friends Animal Society. September 27, 2008 is the day and it runs from 11 am until 2 pm. Click HERE for more details and to find the participating location nearest to you.