April is Nati onal Pet First Aid Awareness Month. The American Red Cross spearheaded the event, in order to help spread awareness about the need and usefulness of knowing pet first aid. Read on as a Dutchess County, NY vet offers some advice on pet first aid.
If you don’t have a pet first-aid kit, we strongly recommend making one. You may find it easiest to start with a regular first-aid kit. You can then add some pet-specific items. Some of the things you may want to include are tweezers, non-stick bandages, activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, styptic powder, thermal blankets, splints, antiseptic, syringes, round-end scissors, and rubbing alcohol. You’ll also need to add some things that are more specific to your pet. Dogs may need a muzzle, while kitties may need a leash and harness. Ask your vet for more information.
Of course, all the tools in the world won’t do much good if you aren’t sure how to use them. Get some pet first-aid brochures, and keep them in the kit. If you have a smartphone, download a few pet first-aid apps. The American Red Cross has a good one. You can also include your furry pal’s medical records in the kit. This is actually a must if your pet has known allergies or other health issues. Finally, add both your vet’s number and the information for the nearest 24/7 clinic.
When it comes to pet care, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. Taking small precautions can help prevent many accidents and injuries. Keep your cat safe and sound indoors, and don’t let your dog run around off-leash. It’s also important to know what is and isn’t toxic for your furry friend. Many plants, such as Sago palms, lilies, and tulips, are poisonous to Fido. You can find more listed here . Things like household chemicals, automotive products, and lawn/garden chemicals are also unsafe. Antifreeze is a particular concern: it’s extremely toxic to pets, but has a flavor many animals like. You’ll also need to be careful with things that could choke or strangle your pet, such as wires, cords, and small or sharp objects. Ask your vet for more information.
Please reach out with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your local Dutchess County, NY pet clinic, we’re here to help!