There are many stories about dog and cat heroes who have saved their owner’s life, but are you prepared to save theirs? When bringing home a new furbaby, most of us don’t want to think about the things that could happen. Being prepared gives us greater security that those things don’t happen. For National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we want to supply you with a few tools to treat minor matters and also information on immediate emergency care.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
CPR is as important for pets and it is for humans. If you rescue an animal that has fallen into a swimming pool and is not breathing, or if something else occurs that causes their heart to fail, knowing CPR can save their life. CPR classes teach how to check your pet’s vital signs, and provide hands-on CPR. You will learn how to dislodge something trapped in an airway like a small ball or pet toy. Some classes teach how to stop excessive bleeding, and additional first aid methods for other accidents that might unexpectedly happy to your furbaby.
Kiana Harris, Founder of Sit & Stay Pet Care Services, is offering CPR classes this month! To sign up for more information, follow this link: pet cpr sign-up sheet
NOTE: ALWAYS consult with your veterinarian before administering any medication as they can provide you with specific dosages. Your vet can also advise if underlying health problems prohibit your pet from using any OTC product.
Last month we highlighted things that are poisonous to pets. (Read about poisonous substances here.) It is recommended to keep the phone number of your local emergency pet hospital and Poison Control somewhere visible and call the moment you become aware that your pet has ingested a poisonous substance. They can give you immediate advice depending upon what your pet has eaten. It is vital that you speak with someone who is knowledgeable, as many times it is NOT recommended for you to induce vomiting, and you won’t always know when that is. (See below for additional resources.)
Spring is the time where we see more bees and wasps out pollinating flowers, but it is also the time that our spunky pets try to catch them and eat them! If your cat or dog gets stung by one of these pesky stingers, having non-aspirin Benadryl handy could reduce the effect of the reaction for the pet. If your vet approves this for your pets, try keeping a baggie with a pill pre-cut for each pet in case of emergencies. (They may also recommend this for anxiety or a food allergy reaction, as well.)
For wounds and scrapes, you can flush or wash a wound with a saline solution made at home by adding one teaspoon of salt to two cups of warm or tap water. Some vets recommend keeping pet chlorhexidine on hand. This is especially effective for cat scratches and bites. Note: Remember that Hydrogen Peroxide is not recommended as a primary source for cleaning wounds. (Still keep it in your medicine cabinet, it has other important uses.) Adding an antimicrobial ointment for animals to the wound is recommended if you can keep it covered or in an area that the animal cannot lick or rub off. Manuka honey is also used to treat wounds and burns. Cover a wound with honey and bandage or leave exposed. This is only for areas that are not infected (and will not be licked). Wildlife rehabbers swear by this to speed up the healing process! Read more about Manuka honey here.
(We’ve provided printable First Aid PDFs to help you be prepared!)
How to Induce Vomiting for Your Dog
Benadryl for Pets
Sign up for Pet CPR provided by Sit & Stay Pet Care Services here: