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Creating A Pet First-Aid Checklist

Like an urgent care center for people, we provide prompt veterinary care for dogs and cats. We take care of illnesses and injuries that require immediate attention – but aren’t serious enough to warrant an expensive trip to a 24-hour emergency hospital.

Of course, it’s also important to be prepared at home! We thought we’d provide a checklist of everything you should have assembled in your pet’s first-aid kit.

  • Important phone numbers
    • Our office (704-825-8868)
    • Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) (a fee may be applied)
  • Your pet’s paperwork — Proof of rabies vaccination status, copies of medical records, and a photo of your pet (in a waterproof container)
  • Absorbent gauze pads and gauze rolls
  • Self-cling bandages or towels — To protect wounds or control bleeding (bandage should be the kind that stretches and sticks to itself but not to fur)
  • Muzzle or strips of cloth — To prevent your pet from biting (never use a muzzle if your pet is vomiting, choking, coughing, or having difficulty breathing)
  • Activated charcoal — Absorbs poison (always contact our office or the Animal Poison Control Center before treating your pet for poison)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%) — Induces vomiting (always contact our office of the Animal Poison Control Center before inducing vomiting or treating your pet for poison)
  • Rectal thermometer — Your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F
  • A large syringe without the needle — Can be used to flush wounds or give oral medication
  • Leash
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder, or spray
  • Blanket
  • Cotton balls
  • Ice pack
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • A pet carrier
  • Sterile saline solution

If you need veterinary care, we’re just a phone call away. We have three locations and more on the way to make sure that you’re covered.