Home is a place of warmth and family affection, a safe place to find refuge from the dangers of the outside world. And it is for us and for our four-legged friends. But in reality, are we sure our homes are safe places for our kittens and puppies? Doors, appliances, easy-to-swallow detergents and small items are all potential dangers that lie in wait for us.
The dangers of everyday life
A cat loves to play with ropes and cords, and if he accidentally pulls on the iron’s cord and it falls under it, it could break its back.
Detergents, by their colors and their odors, are likely to exert a particular attraction on cats and dogs, which can, for example, plunge into basins filled with clothes to be soaked. The toxic ingredients can thus poison them by skin absorption or later, when cleaning the hair.
And if we want to monitor the health of our pet, whether in case of emergency or illness or simply to check its good health, it is important to be able to make a clinical evaluation of his animal to understand his physical condition and possibly the seriousness of the situation. In this case, the main thing is above all to measure its temperature. In short, to be able to face any eventuality, we must never run out of a first aid kit, at home or in the car, if you have to carry it frequently.
The essentials in case of emergency
Below is a non-exhaustive list of foods, objects and medicines for dogs and cats, which you should always have at home, in order to best deal with emergencies:
– Documents: the papers of domestic animals, the vaccination record and their registration in “civil status” must be kept in a safe place. In the event of a natural disaster or forced separation from one’s family, these documents will be essential in order to be able to find them.
– Emergency contacts: an excellent idea is to prepare a list of addresses and telephone numbers, useful in case of need, such as veterinarians, reception centers and the numbers of friends who can provide temporary shelter to your animal.
– Leashes and transport cages: it is always good to have leashes and cages for your animals, especially when you have to leave your house in a hurry (in case of fire for example)
Your pet’s small first aid kit should ideally contain:
– Sterile gauze and sterile bands from 5cm to 10cm
– Plaster from 2.5cm to 5cm
– Elastic bands
– Betadine disinfectant solution for cleaning wounds
– Marseille soap to clean wounds caused by bites
– Disinfectant spray
– Physiological solution for cleaning the eyes
– Antihistamine ointment
– Antiseptic ointment
– Small tweezers to remove blades of grass and ticks
– A nail clipper
– Small sharp scissors
– A splint to keep a limb in good position
– A parasite
– A solid thermometer
– Tear drops
– An ear lotion
– A quick-fit muzzle for the dog
The use of a muzzle is always recommended in the event that your pet has suffered a trauma and is therefore scared and in shock. The muzzle will provide you with protection against possible bites. You should always remember that an animal that is injured, scared, or in severe pain, even if it is the nicest and sweetest dog in the world, can get biting. Never use a muzzle in case of vomiting.
But whatever happens, remember that the most important part of your kit is the phone number of your vet or the vet at your location.
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