April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
You might know what to do when an emergency arises for yourself or a family member, but are you prepared for an emergency with your furry friend?
No one wants to be in a situation where their pet requires first aid. However, it is better to know what to do and not have to do it, than to not know and have to do it.
The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) put together a basic first aid list to help get you through a pet emergency.
"Don't give your pet patient anything to eat or drink unless the vet tells you to do so.
Be prepared for emergencies- it can often save a life
1. Keep your vet's name, address and telephone number stored in your mobile, stored in your landline or next to the phone. Do not use the emergency number you've called in the past, as the practice may use a locum service, or be part of an emergency cover group.
2. Keep a pen and paper handy to take down instructions if necessary.
3. Call the vet first. Don't dash along to the practice without phoning first. Emergencies may be seen at a different site, or the vet may need to give you vital advice or get the operating theatre prepared.
4. Keep a Pet First Aid Kit at home and with you when you are travelling.
Pet First Aid Kit
A good Pet First Aid Kit will contain:
For larger animals it is also useful to have:
-Access to a rug or blanket that can be used as a stretcher
Resuscitation (ABC) for dogs
These suggestions are life saving measures whilst you wait for veterinary assistance.
Traffic accidents involving dogs
Keep calm and don't panic
-Get someone to phone the nearest vet.
-Approach the dog from the front so the animal can see you.
-Avoid any sudden movements.
-Speak gently, using the dog's name if possible.
Assess the situation
-What's the danger to you and others? DON'T BE A HERO!
-Direct the traffic if you can.
Transport to the vet or move the dog away from the traffic
-If the dog can walk, gently coax it into a car and help the dog get in.
-If the dog needs to be moved out of the traffic and cannot walk:
**Lift large dogs on a makeshift stretcher, using a blanket, coat, rug or firm board.
**Lift small and medium dogs with hands underneath the hindquarters and the chest. Make sure the breathing isn't obstructed.
**Don't move the dog if the dog is very badly injured or you suspect spinal injuries - unless your vet advises you to do so."
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