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Everyone needs a first aid kit. Everyone. Whether you keep the calmest, quietest homebody of a cat or the most hyperactive, accident-prone dog imaginable (like mine), you’ve got to have a first aid kit handy.
Thing is, not everyone agrees on what’s supposed to go inside it. Some kits are super-limited, aimed at treating only the simplest of traumas. Meanwhile, others include anything you might need in an emergency… and the kitchen sink, too.
In my experience, it’s obvious there’s no one-size-fits-all kit for pets. Not unless you want to keep around half a vet hospital’s contents in your home, car, boat, kayak, fanny pack or wherever else an emergency might inconveniently arise. That would defeat the purpose of keeping something “handy” around, right?
There are, however, a few staples everyone should have. Here’s what I recommend for everyone’s most basic first aid kit:
But every kit needs a few more additions depending on the setting. For example, here are a few more items for an at-home version of your first aid kit:
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