Pet First Aid

Did you know that April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month? We hope that none of our clients ever have to utilize first aid kits or procedures, but we do always urge pet owners to err on the side of caution, and be ready for anything. Here, a local Greenwood, IN vet discusses pet first aid.

Pet First Aid Kit

If you don’t have a pet first aid kit, we strongly recommend putting one together. You might find it easiest to start with a first aid kit for people, and then add some pet-specific items to it. Some things you may want to include are non-stick gauze, blunt-end scissors, styptic powder, blankets, a muzzle, tweezers, and antiseptic spray. It isn’t a bad idea to keep this kit in a tote or bag that can serve as an emergency or travel bag for your pet. You’d also want to add food, treats, and copies of your pet’s medical records. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Brochures And Apps

We know, no one likes to think of their pets getting hurt. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If your pet is injured, you should seek immediate veterinary care. However, you may need to perform some first aid before your pet can travel safely. We recommend buying or printing some pet first aid brochures. You can also download some apps on your phone. That way, you’ll have the information you need right at your fingertips. We also strongly recommend keeping important emergency numbers on hand. One number you may want to keep handy is the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Hotline, which is (888) 426-4435. (Note: charges may apply.)

Precautions

Taking some basic precautions can greatly reduce the odds of your pet getting hurt. Take a look around your home, and remove or secure anything that could endanger your pet. Some things to address are toxic plants; medicines; chemicals; wires and cords; small and/or sharp items; and plastic bags and ties. If you have a cat, keep Fluffy inside, where she won’t be exposed to cars, predators, or other hazards. As for Fido, if he has a yard to patrol, make sure that the fencing is secure, and use a self-latching gate. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your local Greenwood, IN animal clinic, we’re here to help!

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