Did you know that April is officially Pet First Aid Awareness Month? While we hope that none of our clients ever have to perform first aid on a beloved pet, we always advocate being prepared for emergencies, just in case. Here, a San Leandro, CA vet discusses pet first aid.
Preparing Your Pet’s Kit
We strongly recommend making a first aid kit for your four-legged buddy. An easy way to do this is to start with a regular first-aid kit, and then add some pet-specific items to it. Some of the things you’d want to include are gauze, non-stick bandages, blunt-end scissors, antiseptic lotion or spray, styptic powder, a muzzle (for dogs), blankets, and splints. In addition to these medical items, you’ll also want to add basic emergency supplies, such as food, treats, bedding, and collapsible dishes. Ask your vet for more information.
In addition to specific medical items, your first aid kit should include information on what to do in emergencies. While you should of course immediately call your vet or emergency clinic if your furry pal is ever hurt, you may have to do some first aid before transporting your pet. Download a few apps, and buy or print some first-aid brochures. Keep these in the kit. You’ll also want to add copies of your pet’s medical records.
Your first aid kit should also contain relevant numbers, such as the number for the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline, which is (888) 426-4435. (Note: charges may apply.) Don’t forget to add your vet’s number to your contact list. We can be reached at (510) 278-8440.
Taking some basic precautions can greatly reduce the odds of your furry friend getting hurt. Do some simple petproofing, and remove sharp and/or small objects. You’ll also want to keep anything potentially toxic, such as plants, chemicals, and medications, away from your furry friend. In addition to petproofing, we also recommend keeping cats inside: Fluffy is much safe indoors! As for Fido, if he has a yard to patrol, make sure the fencing is secure. Last but not least, do some research on both safe and unsafe foods, and make sure to only feed your four-legged pal healthy, suitable treats.
Do you have any questions about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Please contact us, your local San Leandro, CA animal clinic, anytime.