Tuesday, April 22, 2014

First Aid For Pets

First Aid for Pets-www.pupcycled.blogspot.com
April is Pet Health and Pet First Aid Awareness Month, so here are some great tips and links to help you keep you pet healthy!

1. For minor cuts, bumps, and insect bites, a simple pet first aid kit is all you need to help your pet. It is a good idea to create a two pet first aid kits and keep one in your home and one in your car. Here is a basic list of what your kit should include. (Check out HumaneSociety.org for other suggested first aid items for your pet).
  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Self-cling bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder, or spray
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Gauze rolls
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting—do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert)
  • Ice pack
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
  • Rectal thermometer (your pet's temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
  • Scissors (with blunt ends)
  • Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
  • Sterile saline solution 
  • Tweezers
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), if approved by a veterinarian for allergic reactions. A veterinarian must tell you the correct dosage for your pet's size.
  • Ear-cleaning solution
  • Expired credit card to scrape away insect stingers
  • Corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
  • Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
  • Penlight or flashlight
  • Rubbing alcohol (to clean/sterilize thermometer or tweezers)
  • Tongue depressors
  • Towels and/or old t-shirts 
Check out the American Veterinary Medical Association website for tips on how to administer basic first aid to your pet and how to handle pet emergencies.

2. To keep your pet safe and protected at all times, ID your pet. From micro-chipping, to personalized tags and collars, identification for your pet is crucial to keeping them safe. Be sure to keep a current picture of your dog on you at all times as well. If you have a smartphone, you can save a picture of your pet next to your veterinarian's contact information in your phone.

3. In addition to regular vet check ups and shots, take daily steps to protect your pet from fleas and ticks. Both fleas and ticks can cause long term health threats to your dog, so it is important to protect your pet all year long. For all natural ways to deal with fleas and ticks, check out the Pupcycled Recipes link.

It is a good idea to brush and pet your dog every day to keep on top of their health and detect any issues as early as possible. Although the Internet offers a wealth of information, it is always a good idea to check with your veterinarian whenever you notice something unusual on your pet, or notice a drastic change in your pet's behavior, eating habits, or sleep patterns.

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