[don't worry it's removable tape]
In our front hall closet, there is a box that momma calls FIRST AID. It says FIRST AID- Dogs on it. [I caught momma using it on her cut finger... I am just saying...] It is a box that we hope to never ever ever use. And yet, it is there. It sits quietly taking up space. And over the years, it has been taken out and rifled through and has had things "updated", but it is always put back in the same spot. Why? Because in any emergency the one thing you don't want to waste time thinking about is where the emergency box is. Let alone where the stuff that goes in that box would be. Time is of the essence and there are basic things that are essential.
Obviously every's box will be slightly different as it should be tailored specifically to your particular's pet health issues, but the basics are the same for everyone.
What are the "basic"?
One huge BASIC is the CPR chart that is laminated and hanging on the inside of the closet door.
These are the new guidelines as set by AVMA on 7-15-2012 [check your chart for accuracy!]
- Perform 100 to 120 chest compressions per minute of one-third to one-half of the chest width, with the animal lying on its side.
- Ventilate intubated dogs and cats at a rate of 10 breaths per minute. For mouth-to-snout ventilation, maintain a compres-sion-to-ventilation ratio of 30-2.
- Perform CPR in 2-minute cycles, switching the person performing the compressions with each cycle.Administer vasopressors every 3 to 5 minutes during CPR.
You can get a good chart HERE that you can print.
For those of you who are tech savy, you can get an app for your cell phone. Here:
Besides the chart, we have names, phone numbers and addresses, of the closest animal trauma center, er and vet.
ASPCA poison-control center, which can be reached at 1-800-426-4435
Short, concise medical history for each pet with allergies, list of meds and known issues.in a sealed plastic bag.