Preparation, Not Panic!
We all want what’s best for our pets – the most healthy pet food, the best toys for fun and enrichment, plenty of exercise, a cozy and safe place to sleep, and much more. We do all we can to give them the healthiest and happiest life possible.
But in doing all you can to ensure your pets are healthy and happy, have you learned what to do in case of an emergency? Would you know what to do if your pet came in with an open wound, suffered a snake bite or wasp sting, got a toy stuck in their throat, or simply stopped breathing?
To avoid the feelings of panic that may accompany these situations, you should do what you can to prepare for a medical emergency with a pet or other dogs and cats in need. Review the resources below and do what you can to prepare yourself, your pets, and your family for an emergency.[bs_notification type=”warning”]**Always remember that any first aid administered to an animal should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.**[/bs_notification]
The resources below summarize the basics you need for giving first aid care to your pet:
First aid supplies: This helpful checklist lists common supplies you should have on hand for pet first aid. Print out a copy to use for shopping, and keep a copy on your refrigerator or next to the first aid kit for your family, for quick reference in emergencies.
How to handle an injured pet: Knowing how to properly and safely comfort or restrain an injured pet can help minimize your pet’s anxiety and also protect you from injury.
Basic pet first aid procedures: Read these simple instructions for providing emergency first aid if your pet is suffering from poisoning, seizures, broken bones, bleeding, burns, shock, heatstroke, choking or other urgent medical problems. Print out a copy to keep with your pet emergency kit.
First aid when traveling with your pet: A few simple steps can better prepare you to help your pet in first aid situations while you are traveling. Remember: pet medical emergencies don’t just happen at home!
Pets and disasters: Whether confronted by natural disasters such as hurricanes, or unexpected catastrophes such as a house fire, you need to be prepared to take care of your animals. A pre-determined family disaster plan will help you remain calm and think clearly.
Additional Pet First Aid Links
- Austin Pet First Aid: Pet First Aid & CPR Certification Course for pet lovers living in or near Austin, Texas who wish to build strong pet emergency and local disaster preparedness skills.
- The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine: Basic First Aid for Your Pet
- American Red Cross: First Aid for Pets
- VeterinaryPartner.com: First Aid and Emergency Care
American Veterinary Medical Association “First Aid Tips for Pet Owners”
Dog & Cat First Aid & CPR Certification: Austin Pet First Aid