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Thermometer and KY jelly or Vaseline. A normal temperature is 100-102. Have your pet examined if his/her temperature is less than 99 or greater than 103. Hydrogen peroxide. Can be used to induce vomiting if your pet has ingested something toxic. Do not induce vomiting without the instructions of a veterinarian. Please call your family veterinarian or call the National Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 if your pet has ingested something poisonous. They do charge $65 for their consult.
Gauze squares, bandage material, tape, bandage scissors.
Saline for flushing eyes and wounds.
Betadine solution - dilute with saline or warm water to gently clean wounds. Antibiotic ointment for small wounds. All puncture wounds from animal bites should be treated by a veterinarian. These wounds, even if very small, are contaminated with bacteria. Oral antibiotics are almost always recommended to prevent abscess formation. Wounds larger than ½ inch often require stitches.
Paralube eye ointment available over the counter in the pharmacy. It protects your pet’s eyes from soap when bathing and also for lubricating the eye. If your pet is squinting or rubbing the eye, flush with saline, place some paralube and if the eye has not improved in a few hours, seek veterinary care.
Cotton balls and a solution of ½ white vinegar, ½ rubbing alcohol can be used to clean ears in a pinch.
Penlight or small flashlight.
Tweezers or hemostats to remove thorns, sand spurs or ticks.
Disposable exam gloves.
Styptic pencil or powder to control bleeding if you trim your pets nail too short.
Other important information to have on hand:
The phone number and map to the nearest veterinary emergency service or veterinary hospital.

National Animal Poison Control Center phone number for poison calls: 888-426-4435.
ASPCA.org great web site for information on poisonous plants.
Venomous snakes in Florida: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/FL-GUIDE/Venomsnk.htm.
Provided as a public service by Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Service. See our ad above.


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