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An Animal’s Oasis: Making Your Backyard Safe for Pets

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While you can consult with your veterinarian or local veterinary hospital to create a more specific list, the following items are generally common to all pet first-aid kits:

  • Protective gloves;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting solutions (e.g. rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide [three per cent strength], antibacterial soap, sterile rinse solution [saline, used as wound flush or eyewash], etc.);
  • Bandages and accessories (adhesive tape, gauze squares, gauze roll, stretchy bandage, non-stick sterile wound dressing, cotton roll, bandage scissors, etc.);
  • Muzzle;
  • Digital/rectal thermometer;
  • Lubricating jelly;
  • Clean syringes, of varying sizes;
  • Pen light;
  • Cotton swabs;
  • Splinting items, sized specifically for your pet (e.g. a coffee stir stick or tongue depressor for small animals; a paint stick for larger pets);
  • Tweezers;
  • First aid ointment or cream;
  • Corn syrup (for diabetic pets or animals with low blood sugar); and
  • A blanket (for transporting your pet, if necessary).
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