From the Woof Report
Fingers crossed you’ll never need to use them, but Pet First Aid skills are a pet parenting essential. With the month of April designated as National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, pet people are urged to prepare and prevent pet injuries all year long. To make sure you’re ready for anything from pet trauma to mouth-to-muzzle CPR, we’ve compiled these top resources.
Keep a Dog First Aid Book on Hand.
The Red Cross has you covered in a pet emergency. Just flip through Be Red Cross Ready Safety Series Vol. 2: Dog First Aid for the basics on responding to common dog emergencies effectively. It even features a DVD with easy-to-follow demonstrations. A must-have for pet people, this reliable resource offers reference guides with quick answers for over 70 canine health conditions. The recently released Pet Emergency Pocket Guide is another top pick with its info-packed handy size that’s also available for download. Keep a copy of either in your home and car so you always have the know-how you need.
Take a Dog First Aid Class.
Check with your local Red Cross chapter or search the American Red Cross site for classes on Pet First Aid to learn how to treat common pet injuries, build a first aid kit, CPR, and everything you need to know to help save your pet’s life in an emergency.
Eliminate Household Poisons.
Rodent poison and insecticides can be dangerous to pets. Take the time to clear your home of potentially toxic agents. The Humane Society of the United States offers a list of toxins to help you avoid accidents. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is also available to take your call 24/7 if you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous substance. Their website also offers information about poisonous foods, plants and more to keep away from your dog.
Keep Contact Numbers with You.
On your fridge, in your wallet, in your cell phone – have all your animal emergency numbers everywhere your doggie goes. This includes phone numbers for your vet, the nearest 24-hour vet, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 1-888-426-4435 or Animal Poison Hotline at 1-888-232-8870. Take a minute right now and ensure you have these important numbers in all places.
Make a First Aid Kit.
Petfinder.com offers all the details for creating your own doggie first aid kit. Just view or download the PDF and get to work on a kit for both your home and car.
Have a Plan.
Emergencies and disasters strike without notice. So it’s important to be ready. For details on creating your own disaster preparedness plan and kit, check out the ASPCA’s Disaster Preparedness page. Also, Couponchief has a great Disaster Preparation guide: https://www.couponchief.com/guides/guide_to_saving_money_on_disaster_preparation