Tips for National Pet First Aid Awareness Month – Shaw Local

First aid training can be an essential tool to ensure that you and your loved ones can respond quickly and appropriately in an emergency situation. If you have dogs and cats in your household, make sure emergency preparedness extends to them. In honor of April being National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, keep your furry friends safe with these safety tips:

1. Assemble a pet first aid kit

In the event of an unexpected pet emergency, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center recommends creating a do-it-yourself first aid kit. The kit should include items such as a muzzle to prevent biting if your pet is frightened or in pain, gauze, non-stick bandages, cotton balls/swabs, blunt scissors, tweezers to remove ticks , disposable gloves to keep germs away from the animal. injury, over-the-counter antibacterial ointments, saline eye solution, and documents such as a copy of the animal’s medical records, as well as your veterinarian’s phone number, clinic name, and address.

2. Take a Pet First Aid Course

There are a variety of first aid courses available to dog and cat owners these days that cover topics such as respiratory and heart emergencies, injuries, bleeding, and seizures.

3. Know the potential household hazards

Take the time to identify all objects and products that could cause injury, choking or poisoning. For example, xylitol, a sugar substitute, can be toxic to dogs, while some common houseplants can be dangerous to dogs and cats. Visit to see a list of poisonous and non-poisonous plants.

Remember: accidents happen. But staying calm and knowing basic pet first aid could help save your furry friend’s life.

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