April is pet first aid awareness month, a great time to develop a plan and gather essentials in case you and your pet face an emergency or natural disaster. It’s much easier to think clearly before an emergency situation, so take time now to create a plan and get together your pet first aid kit.
Keep your veterinarian’s contact information in an easy to find location and be sure to include an after hours clinic if your vet doesn’t have emergency hours. Before administering any first aid to your pet, be sure to call your vet or an emergency vet. Nothing takes the place of skilled pet care, but there are a few tips that may help if your pet has an accident.
First Aid Tips
If your pet ingests a toxin or poison hydrogen peroxide can be used to induce vomiting. Again it’s important to consult your vet before taking first aid into your own hands. Allergic reaction to a bug bite? Oral Diphenhydramine (like Benadryl) can be given, but again your vet should advise on the amount as it may vary depending on your pet’s size. Find out what other items you should have in your pet first aid kit.
Proactively Protect Your Four-legged Family Member: Pet-proof Your Home
From licking up antifreeze in the garage to nibbling on the azaleas blooming in your spring flowerbed, many common items are tempting but toxic for pets. Avoid the stress of a sick or injured pet and expensive emergency vet trip. Protect your pet from poisons and other dangers like electrical cords or open doors and windows where they can escape.
Knowing you are prepared can help you remain calm should your pet face an emergency situation. Your quick, calm action may help save your pet’s life.