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April 1 is a day generally associated with practical jokes and pranks, but pet safety is no joke. April 1 also marked the beginning of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and while you may be prepared to deal with first aid emergencies for your human kids, many people don’t think to prepare a first aid kit for their cats and dogs. It’s inevitable that your pet, like your children, will encounter some kind of injury at one point or another, and there are several things that will be helpful to have on hand when it happens.
We’ve created a simple checklist for you of the items to include in your pet emergency-ready kit:
In addition, there are several tips to be aware of when handling an injured pet. Never assume that even the gentlest pet will not bite or nip when injured. Pain and fear can cause instinct to take over and your pet may display primal behaviors while you’re treating him. Don’t try to hug or comfort your pet and keep your face away from her face, as this may scare or further injure the animal. Perform an assessment of your pet’s injuries slowly and gently, and stop if the animal becomes agitated or aggressive. If possible, try to wrap or split any injuries before moving your pet. Call your vet or emergency animal hospital on the way so they are prepared for the nature of the injuries when you arrive. Keep in mind that any first aid performed on your pet should be considered an intermediary measure pending examination by your veterinarian. Once you have stabilized your pet, call your vet immediately for further guidance.
Please see links below for further information from the American Veterinary Medical Association:
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