What is Pet First Aid Month?
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month! It was started by the American Red Cross to raise cognizance on the importance of knowing how to perform first aid on your pet in the event of an accident or emergency. Below, we will talk about some important tips to ensure you and your pet continue to live safe and happy lives!
Always Keep Emergency Contacts Handy.
In the case of an accident, it is necessary that you have emergency numbers to call for your pet. Some of these could include your veterinarian’s after hours emergency number, ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435), and the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661). Consider keeping these numbers on a sticky note placed on your fridge door or within your wallet to gain quick access to them when needed.
Take a Training Course
There are classes offered by The American Red Cross and local veterinarians that are available to teach the public about general first aid. You can also find informational videos online or buy a pet first aid guide in order to better prepare yourself to handle an emergency. Some important things to check are your pet’s vital signs including pulse rate, respiratory rate, etc. You should also learn to clean and bandage wounds, how to protect yourself from bites, when it is required to bring your animal to the ER, and perhaps most importantly how to perform CPR. Here are some helpful links:
Prepare a First Aid Kit
In case of a pet emergency situation, it’s always important to have a first aid kit handy for your furry friends; you can purchase one that’s already assembled or consider setting up your own. Make sure the kit contains splint supplies, absorbent gauze pads, and non-stick bandages to dress wounds, along with cotton balls, antiseptic spray, an ice pack, gloves and tweezers. In case your pet consumes something poisonous, it’s also helpful to have hydrogen peroxide on hand. Milk of magnesia may also be beneficial in certain cases to help treat digestive issues.
Act Fast But Intelligently
When your pet shows any warning signs of health issues, be prepared to stay calm and act quickly. If their symptoms seem life threatening, it may be necessary to perform some basic emergency procedures. If your furry friend is unresponsive, check their airway to determine if anything is stuck in their throat. Check their breathing and heartbeat; you may need to perform animal CPR and heimlich maneuver if needed. If there is external bleeding, tightly wrap the wound and/or splint any broken bones. Then, contact veterinary care as soon as possible for care guidance until emergency care is available.
Speak With One of Our Veterinarians
When your pet is faced with medical health issues and veterinary emergency clinics are unavailable, contact telepaws for veterinary assistance and pet care guidance. Our veterinarians offer the best care and assistance to pet owners by providing information on how to prepare for medical emergencies regarding their pet.