Thursday, April 4, 2013

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

First Aid Kit Checklist
What's in your Pet First Aid Kit? 
  • Save your veterinarian’s phone number and emergency veterinary clinic’s phone number (if applicable) in your cell phone address book and keep a hard copy in the kit.
  • Gauze to wrap wounds or muzzle animal.
  • Adhesive tape for bandages.
  • Nonstick bandages (i.e., Telfa pads) to protect wounds or control bleeding.
  • Towels and cloth to clean wounds or to wrap up the pet.
  • Milk of Magnesia or activated charcoal to absorb poison (be sure toget the advice of your veterinarian or local poison control center beforeinducing vomiting or treating an animal for poisoning).
  • Large syringe without needle or eyedropper (to give oral treatments).
  • Muzzle, a basket muzzle is the best option but a cloth muzzle will also work, (soft cloth, rope, necktie or nylon stocking) or use a towel to cover a small animal’s head. Do not use in case of vomiting.
  • Stretcher (a door, board, blanket or floor mat).
View this video of Hollywood Animal Hospital's Dr. Patterson giving some great tips of what to pack in your  pet's emergency kit


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