Friday, August 14, 2009

First Aid Kit

     At some point in our lives, we have had an emergency happen. Whether it was something minor as a splinter in the finger or more along the line of a cut that needed stitches each was an emergency. The question then becomes just how prepared are we for such situation? We plan and prepare for ourselves all the time. It really is how prepared are we for our companions that have no voice other than the love they give us. For this reason I have two first aid kits made up for my fur kids.

     One is in the car and ready for travel. The case is a Plano (r) tackle box. One of those that you open it up and it has a shelf attached to the lid and a deep tub on the bottom. On the inside of the lid, I have attached a pocket using duct tape. Inside this are my kid’s vet’s name, number, and a description of each fur kid that might be traveling with me. If one or more of my fur babies are traveling with me I put who was with me on a piece of paper and keep it in my wallet and another one taped to the dashboard.

This is an example of what is in the first aid kit.

Lancelot AKA Lance-ferret Age 5 dark with white markings. Stripe on head and four white paws. DEAF. Does know some sign language. No known medical conditions.

James of Jessie AKA James- Ferret Age 5 looks like some one-sprinkled ashes into his white fur. No Known medical conditions.

Gwenevier AKA Gweny- Ferret Age 5 Sable. Small for size. Medical condition Adrenal Disease. WILL BITE STRANGERS AND SMOKERS

Trixie-bloodhound Age 4 Coloring Red. No known medical conditions. HAS MICROCHIP/ ALSO IS ESCAPE ARTIST USE PADLOCK ON ANY GATE.

I also have listed my home address and a list of contacts in case of emergency and I am unable to respond.

This kit contains the following

weezilpawburning A roll of gauze (can be used to make a muzzle)

weezilpawburning A pair of scissors

weezilpawburning Paper tape

weezilpawburning Honey packs (In case of insulinoma reaction)

weezilpawburning Q-tips (applying honey or Neosporin)

weezilpawburning Cotton balls (clean out wounds, eyes, ears)

weezilpawburning Nail clippers (Human toe nail clippers)

weezilpawburning Needle

weezilpawburning Distress remedy (this homeopathic helps to relieve stress)

weezilpawburning Alcohol (sterilize around wounds)

weezilpawburning Neosporin

weezilpawburning Bandages

weezilpawburning Cling wrap

weezilpawburning Wash cloth

weezilpawburning Towel

weezilpawburning Gauze pads

weezilpawburning Benadryl (for reactions to vaccines given at the vet's office)

weezilpawburning Small syringes (without needles) (These are great to use with the eye or ear wash or if you need to give a small amount of liquid)

weezilpawburning Animal eye wash

weezilpawburning Ear wash

weezilpawburning A bottle of Gerber ® 2nd stage chicken baby food (to counter act an insulinoma reaction)

weezilpawburning 3 ferret harnesses and 4 leashes.

Sounds like a lot of stuff for a small box but you would be surprised by what you can put into one of these boxes.

     In the shelf attached to the lid I put the tweezers, nail clippers, Neosporin, syringes,distress remedy, Honey packs, and the tape. I put several Q-tips and cotton balls in one of the slots. Across the top of this shelf is the wash cloth folded in half.

     In the box part goes the rest of the stuff. The towel is folded so that it acts like a pad for the rest of the stuff.

     The reason for 4 leashes is that one is for the bloodhound should the need arise. Trixie is good at removing collars and with having the leash I can make a noose that slips over her head and still have control of her.

     I have been lucky in that I haven’t had to use it for my fur kids but it has come in handy for human emergencies. The other thing that should be included in this kit is any medication that is being taken. So far none of the fur children are on any.

     The first aid box at home is a lot biggertackle box with everything the travel kit has with some added additions such as a bottle of Karo® syrup instead of the honey packs,3 wash cloths.

     Both kits also have the ASPCA's Animal poison hotline Number which is (888) 426-4435 and is operated 24/7 be aware there may be a $60 fee to use the service. The amount will be billed to your credit card. There are instances where the charge is waived.

By using tackle boxes it makes it easy to grab and go.

     May you never have to use your emergency kit.


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