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Top 5 Pet First Aid Tips

Top 5 Pet First Aid Tips

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  • by Felix + Fetch


April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Knowing about first aid for pets is vital and can save their life in a serious situation. Keep reading to learn 5 pet first aid tips.

1. Have the Proper Equipment

It is vital to have the following items in case of an emergency:

  • Phone numbers: your vet's, Animal Poison Control Center's (888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435), an emergency vet clinic nearby.
  • Supplies: Gauze, non-stick bandages, adhesive tape, activated charcoal, milk of magnesia, hydrogen peroxide (3%), a digital thermometer, an eye dropper, a muzzle, a pet stretcher, your pet's medical records.

Make sure you learn how, and when, to use all of these items. It is always a good idea to contact a vet first to assure you are treating your pet properly if there is not time to take your pet to the vet.

2. Know How to Handle Injuries

It is important to remember that even the most gentle pet can bite or scratch when injured and in pain, so proceed with caution. Conduct investigation of the injury slowly and gently. Be sure to call your vet ahead of time so they are ready for your pet's arrival. While transporting your injured pet, keep them confined in a small area to reduce the risk of additional injury.

3. Learn Seizure Care

Be sure to move all items away from your pet so they don't harm themself. Do not try to restrain the pet, as this could lead to injury. Be sure to time the seizure for the vet's reference (they usually last 2-3 minutes). Once your pet is stable, keep he/she as warm and quiet as possible and contact your veterinarian..

4. Prepare an Evacuation Kit

In case of an emergency evacuation, have a kit ready to grab and go. Include items such as: 3-7 days worth of dry or canned food, a two week supply of medicine, at least 7 days worth of water, anti-diarrheal liquid or tablets, towels and washcloths, bandages, bandage tape, scissors, litter or newspapers, identifications, contact lists, medical records, a leash, a muzzle, comfort toys, and a familiar blanket.


5. Use Caution While Traveling

Be sure to bring your pet safety kit with you as well as all paper work, medical records, and numbers you might need. Always keep your pet on a leash and make sure they have identification tags. NEVER leave your pet in the car alone as they are susceptible to heat stroke. Be sure to perform a daily health check on your pet to assure he/she is okay.

Here at Felix + Fetch we take the health and safety of your pets seriously, which is why we create products with clean ingredients to improve your pet's life. SHOP NOW to provide your pet the wellness they deserve.

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  • Meet the Author

    Felix + Fetch

    Comes from a family of animal lovers and got to grow up with a menagerie of pets! I believe owning a pet is a privilege and I love researching and creating informative, fun content for fellow pet owners to help their furry friends have the happiest and healthiest lives. When I’m not writing blogs, you can find me sharing a walk with my pet dachshund or at a yoga class!

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