First Aid Kits for Pets?

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s been a while since I had a little giggle at some overly unique (that’s weird, to you and me) product that can be purchased at Costco.com.  But then I ran across this odd little number and I figured I had to share.  This is one of those things that I  just don’t get.  A first aid kit for pets?  But why?

How many times have you thought, I could totally fix up my dog’s blister if only I had a band-aid?  Or, if I had an antiseptic pad then my cat would be all right with that wound on her tail?  Probably never.  Chances are that unless your pet is really quite seriously hurt (which is no laughing matter), you don’t get too involved in putting cute little bandages on their boo-boos.  No, most pets either need to go to the vet or will get over whatever cut or small injury they have if you just leave it alone instead of smearing some ointment on it and trying to slap a gauze pad in place.  My dogs wouldn’t even want to sit still when we were brushing them, I could see me trying to put on a gauze bandage; it would have been off in two minutes.  And one of them probably would have eaten it.

But in case you are wondering what’s in a first aid kit for pets, well, remarkably the same things that would be in a first aid kit for you (well, except for the booklet on pet first aid).  Here’s the list of items that comes in the medibag 4 petz first aid kit:Costco.com: Medibag 4 Petz First Aid Kit

  • (10) 5” X 8” Antiseptic Wipes (sting free)

  • (1) 2” Gauze Roll Bandage

  • (6) 2” X 2” Gauze Pads (3 two packs)

  • (6) 3” X 3” Gauze Pads (3 two packs)

  • (1) Flexible Cohesive Bandage

  • (1) 4oz. Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

  • (2) Antibiotic Ointment Packs

  • (1) Pair of Scissors

  • (1) .5 oz. Eye Wash (sterile)

  • (1) Pet First Aid Guide

  • (2) Exam Gloves (Latex & Powder Free)

  • (1) ½” First Aid Tape Roll

  • (1) Tweezers

  • (10) 3” Cotton Applicator Swabs

  • (3) Sting Relief Pads

  • (1) Pet Information Label for emergency information

  • (1) Doctor’s Bag Organized Case

  • (10) Styptic Pencils to stop minor bleeding – BONUS

  • (10) Free styptic pencils 

Now, aside from the pet first aid guide, is there anything unique about this stuff?  No! I think you would be better off taking your $18.99 and just buying a nice first aid kit, for people, and using it on your pet if you think that is appropriate.  It does come in that cute little yellow, plastic doctor bag case though.   But really, is that enough reason to get one?  I think not.  And sadly, this isn’t the only pet first aid kit that Costco.com sells.  The other one has a digital thermometer in it.  Yeah, I just don’t see that happening.

Seriously, if you’re looking to spend $19 on a first aid kit get one of these intended for people kits instead:

And let’s face it, that’s who is getting hurt most often – people.  Pets seem somehow smarter than us and can avoid getting paper cuts and hitting their hands with hammers or falling down and scrapping their knees.  Anyway, my point is that you don’t need a special cutesy first aid kit for your pet.  If you think of them like family, then why wouldn’t you just use the family first aid kit on them too?

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