First Aid Safety for Pets 101
Has your pet ever become injured or sick suddenly, and you’ve been unsure of what to do?
Unfortunately, this is a common scenario for pet owners. Sometimes accidents happen that we can’t always avoid. Having a general understanding of first aid for pets can help prepare you in these challenging situations!
Please note: first aid for pets is not a replacement for proper vet care for your furry animal member. After you’ve administered first aid, it’s important to immediately contact your veterinarian and schedule an appointment. First aid for pets should generally only be used during an emergency situation.
First Aid for Pets - 5 Key Tips to Know:
- First, it’s important to learn which tools you should keep on hand for proper first aid for pets. Consider investing in some of these helpful items, below:
- Gauze – in case of a puncture wound that you need to contain temporarily until you head to your veterinarian.
- An eye dropper- these are wonderful for administered certain oral pet medications to your cat or dog.
- Hydrogen peroxide (3%) – have some on hand in case you need to induce vomiting.
Find a complete list of items at the American Veterinary Medical Foundation website.
- Understand how to properly transport an injured pet. Unfortunately, when our pets are injured, they may act unpredictable due to the level of pain they’re experiencing. Therefore, it’s vital to know the best way to get them to your vet’s office, quickly and safely.
- Avoid putting your face or hands too close to your injured pet’s mouth. If they’re in severe pain, they may act more aggressively than normal.
- Try to stabilize your pet before moving them. Also, remember to be super gentle and slow as you get them out the door and into your vehicle.
- Attempt to contain your pet in a smaller area, such as a crate or kennel. This will ensure they aren’t able to walk around once you’re driving, and risk injuring themselves even worse.
- Always keep your pet’s medical records somewhere safe and easy to access in the event of an emergency.
- Another great tip for better pet safety is having a pet evacuation kit ready to go. This is especially helpful for people who live in high flood areas, however you never know when a house fire or other tragedy could also occur. Therefore, we recommend pulling together some of the following items for a pet evacuation kit today:
- 1 weeks’ worth of dry pet food.
- A spare leash and collar.
- Bedding or at least 1-2 spare blankets.
- Pet-safe bandages.
- A spare copy of your pet’s important medical documents.
- If your pet has suffered a sprain, ingested poisonous chemicals, or is choking, there are specific courses of action you should take. Read more about each of these situations below:
- Read up on some educational resources! Be sure to review some of the following information on first aid for pets, directly from knowledgeable experts.
Learn More About First Aid for Pets Today
Consider taking an online course in pet safety or first aid for pets today! Be sure you do your research first and only sign up for a class with a reputable organization. Also, consider asking your veterinarian if they offer any classes in your local community.
As always, if your pet has suffered a medical emergency, be sure to bring them into our office right away. You can call us at (207) 453-7387 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions or concerns.