Every pet owner should have a small pharmacy for their pet. Whether for dogs, cats or rodents – the household and the environment are full of sources of danger. Accidents or illnesses cannot always be prevented, but a cleverly equipped pet pharmacy can help your pet quickly in an emergency.
We’ll show you what belongs in every pet pharmacy and which utensils you can use to provide first aid for your darling.
Applications of the pet pharmacy
A quarrel with the neighbor cat or a kicked sting while walking are not always reasons for the vet. The pet pharmacy forms a solid basis for first aid for the animal in the event of any kind of injury or illness. Depending on the extent of the injury and the animal owner’s experience, the pharmacy can even replace a visit to the vet.
It is also the basis for a first-aid kit on vacation. During longer journeys by car or in other stressful situations, the dog or cat can be given sedatives. But even during your vacation you should always have the pet pharmacy with you so that you can help quickly in an emergency and provide first aid to the dog or cat.
Storage of the pet pharmacy
In the first step, a medicine cabinet should not be accessible to animals. The paraphernalia and medication can be harmful or dangerous to your pet and potentially injure them. In addition, the contents should be sorted and stowed within reach in a well-sealed box or bag. The pet pharmacy is best kept in a dark, dry, and cool place. Special medicines that need to be refrigerated should be stored separately in the refrigerator if necessary.
The perfect pet pharmacy
The basis of the pet pharmacy is formed by bandages and other tools, consumables such as medication and additional utensils. When putting it together, you can use the medicine cabinet for people as a guide.
When it comes to first-aid materials, it makes sense to use first-aid kits that have already been put together. You can buy these from various providers. Usually, normal first-aid kits for the car, work or home are also usable for animals.
If you want to put together your bandages yourself, the following elements should not be missing:
- Upholstery and bandages, gauze bandages, self-adhesive elastic bandages → As bandages
- Sterile swabs and compresses → For covering wounds
- Adhesive plaster, adhesive tape → For fixing bandages
- Bandage scissors (rounded ends) → For cutting bandages and plasters
- Emergency blanket → In case of hypothermia as a result of illness or injuries
Medicines, ointments, disinfectants
In contrast to bandages, which you can use for humans and animals alike, there are even major differences in medication from animal to animal. For example, while the dog needs a specific drug, the cat needs a completely different one. In addition, factors such as dose, tolerance and resistance naturally also play a major role.
It is crucial that, in addition to basic equipment in this area, there is also space for individual medicine in the medicine cabinet.
The elements shown here are only intended to serve as a basis:
- Wound and healing ointment → For minor injuries
- Antiseptic ointment → For open wounds
- Disinfectant / iodine solution → For disinfection
- Burn and wound gel → For burns
- Isotonic saline solution → For cleaning wounds, eyes and ears
- Charcoal tablets → Against diarrhea
- “Emergency drops” → For the circulation
Here, too, there are certain aids and utensils that urgently belong in a medicine cabinet for the animal. Supplements are of course not excluded and vary from animal to animal.
- Digital clinical thermometer (disinfect regularly and check battery)
- Tweezers → For removing splinters and spikes
- Tick tongs → For removing ticks from dogs, cats and co.
- Flea comb → For removing fleas
- Claw pliers → For cutting and shortening claws
- Disposable syringes → For the administration of dissolved medication
- If applicable Muzzle and thick gloves → For protection when administering medication
- Telephone numbers and addresses of the veterinarian, a veterinary clinic and the animal emergency number
With these tools you are well equipped and should be able to handle most of the problems that arise. If your pet pharmacy is insufficient or if you are not sure how to treat the injury, please call the vet or clinic directly.