Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month? While we hope that you’ll never need to use first aid on your furry friend, we do always encourage erring on the side of caution, and being prepared for the worst. Of course, if your beloved pet is ever injured, you’ll need to seek immediate veterinary care, but you may need to perform some first aid before your pet can safely be transported. In this article, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses pet first aid.

First Aid Kit

If you don’t have a first aid kit for your pet, we advise getting one. You can buy first aid kits made specifically for pets. Or, you can get a regular first aid kit, and then add pet-specific items, such as a leash and collar, muzzle, and blankets.

First Aid Information

If your pet is ever hurt, you won’t want to waste time trying to find out what to do. We recommend buying or printing some basic pet first-aid brochures, and keeping them with your furry buddy’s first aid kit. If you have a smartphone, it may not be a bad idea to download a few pet first-aid apps for emergencies.

Other Information

Make sure you have important numbers, such as your vet’s number, the nearest 24/7 pet emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Pet Poison Hotline, which is 1-888- 426-4435, in your phone. Keep these numbers handy in your pet’s first aid kit as well.

Keeping Your Pet Safe

When it comes to pet care, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. While there is no way to ever guarantee that your furry pal will never be hurt, a bit of precaution can greatly reduce the odds of that happening. First and foremost, don’t let your four-legged buddy run loose. Keep Fluffy indoors, and make sure Fido is leashed whenever you take him off your property. If you have a yard for your canine pal to patrol, sturdy fencing is a must. It’s also important to be aware of things in and around your home that can hurt your beloved pet. Many plants and foods, for instance, are toxic to pets. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Please contact us, your local Newmarket, ON animal clinic, today!

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