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April is Pet First Aid Month!

April 1, 2014
(Lindsey Turner photo)

(Lindsey Turner photo)

I know you would rush your pet to the vet he needs medical attention. But what would you do if your pet falls down the stairs, or accidentally eats something poisonous? It is important that you know how to help your pet if an emergency occurs.

The first thing to do it to call your vet and describe the problem. Your vet will be able to tell if your pet needs to go in for a visit right away. So, always have your veterinarian’s phone number and the local vet hospital’s phone number handy.

You should also keep a pet first aid kit at home, and another one in the car, just in case.

– If you don’t have a first aid kit yet, make sure you have at least gauze to wrap up wounds and protect injuries.
– Towels and blankets are always useful, especially for carrying your pet to the vet.
– Have a pet thermometer in the house. The disposable thermometer covers are a good thing to buy, so you can keep your thermometer clean at all times.
– Make sure you carry a leash and a muzzle in your first aid kit.

Preventing injuries and illnesses is always best. So be aware that many items in your home may be harmful to your pet. Many foods, cleaning products, and definitely rodent poisons are dangerous to animals. Here is a comprehensive list of poisonous items for cats and dogs: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

If your pet has gotten into anything you are unsure is dangerous, or if your pet is acting weird, the best thing is to call your vet. If you vet is unavailable, call the Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. They have a $65 fee for advice.

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to keep your family’s best friends safe and sound.

Please consider doing a training course on pet CPR!

– By Daniel R. Landers

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