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Poison Safety Kit for Pets

Poison Safety Kit for Pets

You love your cats and dogs like they were one of the family. And chances are, you’ve got a first aid kit in some form around the house in case something should happen to one of the human members of your family. But what about the animal members?

Pet owners should create a safety kit to keep on hand for poisoning emergencies involving their animals. According to the ASPCA, this kit should contain:

A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent solution (USP).
Can of soft dog or cat food.
Turkey baster, bulb syringe, or large medical syringe.
Saline eye solution to flush out eye contaminants.
Artificial tear gel to lubricate eyes after flushing
Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid to decontaminate skin.
Skunk Off! or tomato juice (for skunk spray).
Rubber gloves or tough gardening gloves.
Forceps to remove stingers.
Muzzle (a frightened animal may inadvertently bite).
Several soft old towels.
Pet carrier.

If you suspect you pet has consumed something toxic, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435. There is a $60 consultation fee for this service; experts are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Want to do something about the threat to pets? Protect household animals from toxins by letting the FDA know that we need a new system of public health protections.

Sign the Protect Pets from Toxins Petition.

Learn more about The Surprising Poisons in Our Pets.

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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12:49PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

ty!

5:39PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

i always have a first aid kit for each type of critter in the house. keep in a simple plastic box, easy to take on trips.

1:48PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you Melissa, for Sharing this!

10:08AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Interesting and helpful.Thanks for sharing

7:37AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you

3:40AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thanks good advice.

7:13AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

It should always be available for the love on our furry friends

12:08PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Thanks

8:17AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Ask your VET about Benadryl also

8:14AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

common sense

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