Pet First Aid Awareness

Did you know that April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month? While we truly hope that you’ll never have to administer first aid to your furry pal, we always urge erring on the side of caution and being prepared. Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet discusses pet first aid.

First Aid Kit

If you don’t have a first aid kit ready for your furry companion, this is a great time to put one together. One way to do this is to start with a regular first aid kit and just add some pet-specific items to it. Some of the things you may want to include are tweezers, blankets, non-stick bandages, gauze, styptic powder, and, for dogs, a muzzle. Ask your vet for more information.

Storage

You may want to store your pet’s first aid kit with some emergency gear for your furry friend. That way, you’ll have everything ready in case of an emergency. Food, blankets, treats, toys, bedding, and collapsible dishes are all things you may want to put in this emergency bag.

Brochures

If your pet is ever hurt, you’ll of course want to contact your vet right away. However, you may need to administer first aid before you can safely transport your four-legged buddy. Having the information you need ready and waiting can make a huge difference in an emergency. Print or buy some first-aid brochures, and keep these with your pet’s first-aid kit. We strongly recommend keeping copies of your pet’s medical records in the kit. You’ll also want to include your vet’s contact information, the number for the nearest 24/7 emergency clinic, and the number for the ASPCA poison control hotline, which is (888) 426-4435. (Note: charges may apply.)

Precaution

Taking some simple precautions can greatly reduce the odds of your pet getting hurt. Keeping your furry pal secure is a great first step. If you have a cat, keep Fluffy indoors. If you have a dog, make sure Fido can’t get out of the yard, and keep him on a leash whenever you take him out and about. We also recommend doing some basic petproofing. Remove potentially dangerous items, such as toxic plants, small items, sharp objects, chemicals, and medication. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your local Sugar Land, TX animal hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!