As much as we try to prepare for different scenarios, emergencies can happen. Knowing some pet first aid, or even just where to find information, can help you stay calm and keep your pet stable until you can get to a veterinarian. Pets should always be examined by a veterinarian, even after you administer first aid.
I Heart Dogs has a great article about emergency preparedness.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center ($65 charge may apply) (888) 426-4435
The ASPCA website has lists of plants, food and household products that are harmful to pets.
ASPCA makes an Animal Poison Control Center smart phone app:
American Red Cross Resources:
The American Red Cross has great information about preparing for emergencies with a pet.
They also have a Disaster Safety Checklist you can download here: Disaster Safety Checklist
First Aid Kit
Being prepared often means having a First Aid Kit at hand. Many things in a regular First Aid Kit are good for pet situations, including gloves, scissors, tweezers, gauze, saline solution, and antibiotic ointment.
Pet-specific items might include ear cleaning solution, styptic powder, copies of your pet’s records, or an extra leash.