3 First Aid Tips Every Pet Owner Must Know

1. Know Where The Nearest Animal Emergency Clinic is

Odds are that your regular veterinarian is not open 24 hours a day. If they are, them make sure to find out if they use a different phone number at night for emergencies. Sometimes they carry a pager that answers to a different number.

If your regular vet does not take emergencies then know the location of the nearest pet emergency clinic.

The next time you are driving around, try and locate it and take a good look at it so you can recognize it at night.

2. Learn Basic Pet First Aid

There are many great books out there on pet first aid, and most first aid kits for pets actually come with an instruction booklet.

Burns: Wash with cold water to prevent more tissue damage.

Cuts: Apply pressure to stop bleeding. Most modest sized cuts will clot in about 5 minutes.

Heat Stroke: Apply cool water to the paws, belly, armpits, or groin. Heat stroke most commonly occurs when pets are left in cars or on very warm days.

Poison: Call ASPCA Control Center 1888-426-4435

Pet first aid is not that much different than first aid for people. Its not rocket science. Just do what comes naturally and try and keep your cool.

3. Make or Buy A Pet First Aid Kit

In an emergency you donÕt have time to run around collecting all the things you need. That is why you should make your own pet first aid kit, or at least buy one.

There are many one the market now, many for less than $20.

Some Possible Supplies To Include:

Gauze sponges
Triple antibiotic ointment
Rubbing alcohol
Ace self-adhering athletic bandage
White petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
Eye wash
Sterile, non-adherent pads
Pepto Bismol tablets
Generic Benadryl capsules -- 25mg, for allergies
Hydrocortisone acetate -- one percent cream
Sterile stretch gauze bandage
Buffered aspirin
Hydrogen peroxide
Kaopectate tablets maximum strength
Bandage scissors
Custom splints
Vet Wrap bandage
Rectal thermometer
Local and national poison control numbers
Regular veterinary clinic hours and telephone numbers
Emergency clinic hours and telephone number

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