Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Our pets are part of our families, so it is important to care for them like you would a person. This month is the perfect time to catch up on skills to take care of your furry friends.

Here are some helpful first aid tips from the American Red Cross:

Is your pet dehydrated?

  • Pull up on the skin between the shoulder blades. It should spring right back; if it stays tented this is a sign of dehydration.

Does your pet have poisoning?pet first aid awareness

  • Signs include bleeding externally or internally, dilated pupils, drooling or foaming at the mouth, seizures or other abnormal mental state or behavior

If your pet has a seizure:

  • Make sure they are in a safe place, but do not restrain them.
  • Keep your hands away from its mouth as your pet may not know who you are during a seizure and could harm you.

Signs of heatstroke or heat exhaustion:

  • Collapse; body temperature of 104 degrees F or above; bloody diarrhea or vomiting; wobbliness; excessive panting or difficulty breathing; increased heart rate; mucous membranes very red; and increased salivation.

If your pet was bitten by another animal:

  • Provide vet attention to prevent the wound (even if minor) from becoming infected and to check for internal wounds.
  • Never break up a dogfight yourself because you could be bitten.

If your pet is bleeding:

  • Apply direct pressure using gauze over the bleeding site
  • If blood soaks through, apply more gauze (do not removed soaked gauze) until you can reach a veterinary hospital

For more first aid tips and other information you can visit the American Red Cross.

 

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