As we end this month’s First Aid Awareness, we wanted to share some reminders for pet parents. We try our best to be the best owners to our pets. We have gone through the ups and downs of it all. To ensure that we are continuing to provide the needed care and affection, we need to be prepared for unfortunate events as well. To bookend this month, we are sharing 5 important first aid advice for pet parents. Remember to check our social media for more information and added advice.
Have those needed supplies on hand. You will need items that can protect and care for your pet in times of injury or distress. These items for first aid for pets include but are not limited to:
- Absorbent gauze
- Adhesive tape
- Antiseptic wipes/lotions/powders
- Gauze rolls
- Blunt nose scissors
- Rectal thermometer
- Anti-diarrheal medications
- 3% hydrogen peroxide
- Plastic syringe/eyedropper
There are apps
The Red Cross Pet First Aid App (available through Apple and Google Play) provides pet parents with step-by-step instructions plus videos for common pet emergencies. There is also an animal hospital locator on the app which is convenient if you’re away from home.
Be patient and calm
If you suspect that your pet is hurt, you will need to take a closer look at them. In this case, you will need to be calm and gentle. No matter how sweet your pet may be, they could act up. Do not hug your injured pet and try to avoid any accidental biting or snipping by restraining them. Pets do get scared and it is important to show patience with a gentle attitude.
Know when to go to the vet
Keep a close eye on your pet’s reactions and actions, they could be showing signs of something serious. An important tidbit to know, if your pet is wounded and their wound is more than 1 centimeter long, they will need to go to a vet. If they are injured around the abdomen, the face, or at a joint, they will need to be seen. Once you notice a limp, or if they have vomiting or diarrhea symptoms, it is a good chance they are experiencing something internal. Always watch your pet for any changes to their behavior and habits.
Keep those important numbers close
Have the veterinarian’s number somewhere close by and easy to access. The number should also be inside the first aid for pets kit in case of an emergency. Add on these important numbers to your phone and share with your family and friends to have on hand: ASPCA Poison Control Hotline (888-426-4435) and the Pet Poison Helpline (855-764-7661).
Read more Fire Hydrant blogs on pet first aid: 6 Important Steps to Perform CPR on Cats & 5 Crucial Tips to Prevent Alcohol Poisoning in Dogs
Keep on learning! Happy pet first aid month, from the Fire Hydrant Team!