April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Has your child ever fallen and scraped their knee? Have you ever burned yourself cooking? Most of the time, the first thing you do is go for the first aid kit. Have you ever thought what you might do if your pet has a minor injury? Pets need first aid kits too!
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. First aid doesn’t consist of just kits. First aid also includes learning pet CPR and being prepared for emergencies.
Pet first aid kits should include:
*A copy of your pet’s veterinary records (vaccines, medications, etc)
*Emergency phone numbers (veterinarian, after hours emergency)
*Thermometer (cats and dogs normal temperatures range from 101.0 – 102.5)
*Gauze, Telfa pads, medical tape and bandage materials
*Muzzle, Leash, Towel (If a pet is injured, they may bite due to the pain. It is best to take precautions and not get injured yourself. Don’t apply muzzles if your pet is having extreme difficulty breathing or if their gums are blue or white. This is an emergency and they need to see a veterinarian immediately!)
*Don’t forget to keep a kit in the car also (Include bottled water, bowl and rabies certificate)
There are many items that can be added to a pet’s first aid kit. You can personalize it to fit your pet’s needs. However, be careful with medications! Not all human medications can be administered to pets! Check with your veterinarian first.
CPR and Emergency Preparedness:
It’s best to be prepared for a natural disaster. Having your pet microchipped and registered can help get your pet back to you if separated. ID tags are also a good idea, but collars can come off. If evacuation is necessary, know your plan. Find out early where pets will be housed if your pet cannot come with you.
Disaster can strike at any moment. We want to make sure you are prepared to handle a situation and help save your pet’s life. The Red Cross offers pet CPR classes. Find your local chapter here: http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter