It is in every pet owner’s best interest to take a Pet First Aid Course to ensure you are prepared for an emergency. Here are 5 things to know about pet first aid.
- Have a Pet First Aid Kit on hand. This is especially important if you are travelling or going on hikes where there is a higher risk of something happening. Research the most important items to have and make sure your kit is stocked at each outing.
- Remain Calm. Nothing stresses your pet out more than when you get worked up as well. Try to remain calm as best you can. Speak in a soothing voice and approach your animal from the side with their face sideways. Animals in pain can react by biting, so best to have a muzzle or fabric that can act as a muzzle in your pet first aid kit to use. Place this on your pet slowly and calmly.
- Bleeding Claw. This is probably one of the most common occurrences that can happen with a pet. Whether it be from cutting the nail too short or catching a claw on something while out on a walk, it’s an easy thing to happen. Try to stop the bleeding with household products like baking soda or cornstarch. Place an absorbing bandage around the foot high enough that it won’t fall off. If the bleeding does not stop in a reasonable amount of time, take a trip to the vet.
- Seizure safety. Clear the space surrounding your dog and try to make the environment as safe and quiet as possible. Avoid touching them as they may unknowingly try to bite. Take your pet to the vet as soon as you can after the seizure ends.
- Act fast. A rule of thumb with any pet first aid situation that occurs is to go the veterinarian when you can. This can prevent complications or even death with your pet.