Quick Reference Manual
One of the most important elements in a first aid kit is to
have emergency phone numbers and addresses readily available
for those cases that require more than just first aid but
require immediate veterinary medical attention. It is also
a good idea to record body weight, heart rate (normal rate
depending on size is 60 to 180 beats per minute),
respiratory rate (normal rate is 10 to 30 breaths
per minute), body temperature (normal range is between
100˚ & 102.5˚ F, average temperature is 101.5˚) and list
any known allergies for each dog. It is best to practice
taking these parameters ahead of time while your dog is
resting in order to record normal values and to practice
Inside each kit is a Quick Reference Manual where one can
enter this contact information and vital records about
your pet. Also included in the Quick Reference Manual is
the phone number for Pet Poison Helpline:
800-213-6680 or 855-764-7661
(there may be a charge associated with this service).
Always check ahead of time with your veterinarian to
make certain that buffered aspirin and/or Benadryl
(diphenhydramine) are not contraindicated for your pet,
as these are two of the oral medications included in this kit.
(Aspirin should never be given to cats).