You keep a first-aid for your family in your home and car. But what about your reptile? Do you have necessary supplies at home to care for your pet in the event of an emergency?
Having a properly designed first-aid kit could make the difference between life and death for your reptile.
The most comprehensive first-aid kit will contain the following items:
- Magnifying glass
- Pen light
- Sharp scissors
- Nail trimmer
- Nail file
- Flat tweezers
- Disposable rubber gloves
- Mineral oil
- Surgical tape
- Bandages and gauze
- Cotton swabs
- Cleansing agents (i.e. Bactine, Betadine)
- Topical antibiotic ointments (i.e Polysporin)
- Sterile saline
- Note pad and pen
Always keep this kit close to where you house your reptile(s) so you have quick access to it in the event of an emergency. In case you need to transport your reptile for further veterinary care I would also advise you to have ready at all times the following:
- Electric heating pad
- Hot-water bottle
But some of the items are of no use to you if you do not know the basics of first-aid. Take some time to familiar yourself with things such as wound management etc … so you will KNOW what to do in the event of an emergency. These are all topics that I will cover on this site as well.
By Candace, SaveTheReptiles.com
Recommended Reading: Green Iguana: The Ultimate Owner’s Manual, Hatfield, J.