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Prepping Your Pet’s First Aid Kit

Every pet owner will know that when you have a pet, things can go awry pretty quickly. This is especially true if you are exploring the great outdoors, travelling, camping, hiking, etc.

A pet first aid kit is the first step in being prepared should an animal emergency happen. There are many pre-made kits out there, but you may wish to build your own or add to your pre-made bag based on your needs. Here is a list of some of the supplies you might want to consider:

Necessities

  • Hibitane, Isopropyl Alcohol, Iodine
  • Epsom Salts
  • Sterile eyewash
  • Gauze (4×4)
  • Absorbent\drying material (clean towels or paper towel)
  • Non-stick sterile pads (Telfa)
  • Thick bandage padding (Gamgee)
  • Cast padding (soft roll)
  • Cling wrap
  • Vet wrap
  • Adhesive tape
  • Bandage scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Waterproof booties
  • Disposable gloves
  • Clean container (for cleaning wounds)

Extras

  • Sterile water or saline (for flushing dirty wounds)
  • Sterile syringe and needle (for drawing up flush)
  • Benadryl (ask your veterinarian for dosing)
  • Gravol (ask your veterinarian for dosing)
  • Polysporin
  • Quick stop powder (or cornstarch)Ice/heat packs
  • Thermometer (and lubricant)
  • Extra leashes
  • Blanket
  • Pet carrier (crate)
  • Nail trimmers
  • Tick remover
  • Eyedropper
  • Splint and/or tongue depressors
  • Muzzle (if needed for your pets’ and your safety when addressing an injury)
  • 150ml drinking water packages

Depending on your pets’ species, age, health, and your lifestyle you may need to add a few extra items (such as glucose for diabetics, and vet-prescribed pain relief). If you are unsure of what to add to your kit, your veterinarian can help you customize a first aid kit to meet your pet’s additional medical needs.

“There’s no harm in hoping for the best if you’re prepared for the worst.”

Written by Jessica McKay, RVT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital