Growing up, most of us knew where the first aid box was located. Band-Aids, antiseptic spray, pain killers, and some odds and ends were in there along with gauze and wraps. April is pet first aid awareness month, and your pet needs their own box, too! Check out the key things to follow when understanding first aid for your pet.
Be on the lookout around your house for things that can cause accidently injury, choking, or poisoning for your pet. It’s prudent to pick up small things your animals may consider a toy that could get lodged in their throats. Additionally, certain cleaning chemicals can drastically harm the health of animals, so keep a list of potential threats on hand while keeping those supplies under lock and key.
When it comes to a first aid kit, have it stocked and ready! This should include absorbent gauze pads, adhesive tape, tweezers, disposable gloves, and cotton balls/swabs. As much as supplies are necessary, it’s equally important to know emergency produces such as the Heimlich maneuver and CPR. Ask your veterinarian how to properly perform these on your pet so you can always be ready.
If your pet does obtain an injury, be careful when handling them. Even if your animal is the kindest most gentle creature when not in pain doesn’t mean they’ll be as kind when they are in pain. Don’t try to get too close to their face by hugging or comforting them as this may increase their fear. Slowly assess the injury and, if possible, try to wrap any injuries before moving your pet. Lastly, call the emergency animal hospital or your vet if applicable and let them know you’re on your way and what injuries they can expect. By alerting a facility, they’ll be ready to accommodate you when you arrive.
By knowing prevention methods and first aid tips, you’ll be substantially equipped to handle an emergency or injury with your pet. And, as always, prevention is the best medicine. Keep names and numbers of family close by who can help you in an emergency as well as “animal proofing” your home to prevent possible injuries.