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***If you ever need to perform first aid measures on your pet you must ALWAYS seek veterinary attention afterward.***

Why is this Important?

It’s Pet First Aid Month!  Do you have a pet first aid kit?  As much as we think of our pets as furry, four-legged humans they require different care and attention. This blog will give you information on what you need to make your own pet first aid kit for home and for travel so you can always be prepared when the worst happens.  You will also learn how to handle your injured pet before you leave for the vet/clinic.

If you’re wondering about something that wasn’t covered check out the Pet Health section of our links page: http://www.doo-n-go.com/links/

First Aid Supplies

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) the following items belong in your Pet First Aid kit:

  • Phone numbers – for your vet, your closest 24 hour emergency animal hospital, and Animal Poison Control
  • Medical History – a list of your pet’s medications, vaccinations, allergies, and any other special instructions
  • Gauze
  • Non-stick bandages, towels, or strips of clean cloth
  • Tape for bandages – do not use human medical tape, you’ll have to get some specifically for pets
  • Milk of Magnesia and/or activated charcoal and/or 3% hydrogen peroxide – never use either of these without instructions from your vet or poison control
  • Digital rectal thermometer
  • Eye dropper and a large, needle-less syringe
  • Muzzle, rope, soft cloth, small towel – never use a muzzle when your pet is vomiting
  • Leash
  • Stretcher – to be used if you must transport your pet and your pet is not able to walk
  • Vaseline or KY Jelly
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Styptic Powder
  • Hemostats
  • Blankets

For more information check out https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/Supplies-Checklist.aspx

How to Handle your Injured Pet

If your pet is injured you must approach with care.  Here is the advice from the AVMA:

  • Never assume an injured pet will not bite or scratch you – an injured pet is in all likelihood scared and in pain
  • Do not hug an injured pet and be sure to keep you face away from its mouth
  • Try to examine your pet, stop immediately if your pet becomes agitated
  • Call your vet or the emergency clinic before you move your pet so they can be ready for you when you arrive
  • It may be necessary to muzzle your pet if it’s biting you – never use a muzzle if you pet is vomiting
  • If possible try to splint or bandage your injured pet before you leave for the vet/clinic
  • While transporting your pet keep it confined to reduce the risk of injury – pet carriers, a box or container, something that can act as a stretcher, a blanket – anything that will prevent them from moving around while ensuring they have enough air

To read more about handling your injured pet check: https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/Handling-an-Injured-Pet.aspx

First Aid when Travelling with your Pet

  • Prepare a travel sized first aid kit that includes the products listed above.  You may also want to include an anti-diarrhea medication – ask your vet for one that’s safe for animals
  • Ensure you have the appropriate phone numbers – your vet, animal poison control, a vet and 24 hour emergency clinic in the area you’re travelling to
  • Ensure you pet is wearing an ID tag with your name, address, and phone number, ensure there is a travel ID tag with your name and the address and phone number of the place you’re staying

For more information about travelling with your pet check out: https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/First-Aid-When-Traveling.aspx

If you’re looking for more information check out any of the links posted throughout the blog.  You may also be interested in this link as well: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=SRC&S=1&SourceID=20

Did we miss anything?  Do you have tips, tricks, or questions about pet first aid?  Let us know on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DoonGo

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