April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Be Prepared (not just for Boy Scouts)

Whether you, your dog walker or pet sitter is in charge, any pet can have an unexpected injury or accident. Because it may be more difficult to think clearly in an emergency situation, it is important to be prepared and know what to do in the event of an injury or accident. Take time now to prepare and consider the following steps:

Emergency contact information: Have your vet’s number posted in an easy to find spot. More importantly, you should also have the phone number and location of the nearest 24-hour emergency animal hospital available, too. In case you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, you can reach the Pet Poison Helpline 24/7 at 800-213-6680.

First Aid Kit: Buy (at Petsmart, Petco, etc.) or put together a basic first aid kit for your pet.  As time goes by, you will undoubtedly add on to this and have an all-encompassing amount of first aid material at your disposal.

  • For injuries, bandage material including gauze pads, ace bandages, one inch tape, cotton, and a first aid ointment such as Neosporin
  • Hydrogen Peroxide and/or Ipecac to induce vomiting in case of accidental ingestion of a toxin or poison. Charcoal tablets and slippery elm can soothe the digestive tract. (Do not induce vomiting without consulting with a vet or poison control; in some cases, vomiting can cause more harm to your pet.)
  • Oral Benadryl (or generic version) for use in case of allergic reactions.
  • For use in dogs only, buffered aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and reduces pain and fever.

Learn basic first aid: Keep a basic first aid guide specifically for pets along with your first aid kit. Sign up for a pet CPR or first aid course in your area.

Pet-proof your home:  Learn which household items are toxic to pets and place them out of reach of curious pets.  Refer to our blog March is Pet Poison Prevention Month to see the Top 10 Poisons for both cats and dogs.  They include rodent poisons, cleaning solutions, certain household plants, anti-freeze, and chocolates.  If your pet likes to chew, be sure that electrical cords are covered or safely stowed out of reach of your pet.

Walk and Wag’s pet sitters and dog walkers in Seminole are Red Cross certified in dog and cat CPR and First Aid.  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.

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