April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This month aims to raise awareness of the importance of basic pet first aid. Pet first aid may not cross most of our minds, but it is essential to know and could save our and other pets’ lives. Learning just the basics can benefit the pets in our lives tremendously, especially in the case of an emergency when help may take time to get. Here are some first aid things to consider for Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
Having a first aid kit at home is essential for adults, kids, and pets alike. First aid kits carry medicine, equipment, and medical materials that can help in case of injury or emergency. These little kits should always be handy and kept in a safe place at home. It is also crucial to replenish them regularly. Some essential things to have in your kit are: gauze, non-stick bandages, adhesive tape, cotton balls, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic spray or ointment, milk of magnesia (to absorb and counteract poison), a pillbox, tweezers, scissors, thermometer, syringes, and a flashlight. These materials and medications can be beneficial in a minor injury or help you manage a more serious injury while you get professional medical attention. And don’t forget to check it twice a year to make sure nothing has expired or run out.
Being ready for an emergency is more than just having a first aid kit. In the case of an emergency, there are some things you can do to help keep your dog safe. You must secure the accident area by removing any physical obstacles. It’s crucial to stay calm in these situations and compress any bleeding or cuts. Be sure to check if your pet has any broken or injured bones. Once all visible wounds are taken care of, you can check your pet’s vital signs. Start CPR if necessary, and be sure to call emergency numbers before you perform additional first aid as directed by your vet. If possible, drive your pet to the nearest vet clinic as soon as possible.
Knowing the signs to look out for can potentially save your pet and other pets from harm. Learning the basics of first aid can help you detect conditions early. Things like heatstroke, allergic reactions, or poisoning can be spotted earlier if you know the signs. Knowing how to read a pet’s body language can help you identify issues. If a pet starts acting differently or exudes a lot of energy just breathing, then something may be very wrong. With first aid training, you’ll know how to act right away.
Pet first aid courses are always available. These courses can teach you about the various types of emergencies, injuries, and how you can give medical attention. The courses can also provide hands-on experience and skills in handling animals in emergencies. The classes can range from basic fundamentals to more advanced skills depending on the knowledge you are looking to gain. Be sure to research the pet first aid courses near you.
Being prepared for anything can really be beneficial, not only to you but to a pet in the time of need. Having a small first aid kit with the basic skills of using medications and materials can give you peace of mind knowing you are prepared to help your pet. At Canine Citizen, we love our furry clients and strive to be the best and most knowledgeable in our care. Please check out our dog walking services and let us impress you and your furry friend!