Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month? While we hope that you’ll never have to perform first aid on your pet, we always do encourage erring on the side of caution, and being prepared for emergencies. After all, when it comes to caring for our furry friends, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. Read on as a local Lafayette, LA vet discusses pet first aid awareness.

First Aid Kit

If you don’t have a pet first-aid kit ready, we strongly recommend that you create one. You can start with a basic first-aid kit, and then add some pet-specific items to it. Some of the things you’ll want to include are nonstick gauze, blunt-end scissors, styptic powder, splints, blankets, antiseptic spray or lotion, tweezers. If you have a dog, add a muzzle: even the sweetest dog may snap if he’s hurt. You may want to keep this in a tote, along with other items that you would want to take with you in an emergency, such as food, bedding, collapsible dishes, toys, waste baggies, towels, a leash, and your pet’s veterinary records.

Emergency First Aid Procedures

If your pet is ever injured, you’ll need to immediately bring them your vet’s or the nearest emergency clinic. However, you may need to perform CPR or other basic first aid before you can safely move your furry friend. Keep a brochure of pet first-aid procedures handy. You may also want to download some pet first aid apps for your phone. In the case of an emergency, you’ll need to act fast, and may not have much time to find critical information.

Contact Information

We recommend making a list of numbers that you may need in the event of an emergency. One good one that you’ll want to keep on hand is the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline, which is (888) 426-4435. (Note: charges may apply.) Our number is (337) 856-7441. Even if you know your pet needs emergency treatment, it’s always a good idea to call ahead, so the clinic knows you’re coming and can be prepared for the incoming emergency. This also gives them the opportunity to provide you specific first aid instructions.

As your Lafayette, LA pet hospital, we are proud to provide critical care services. Please feel free to contact us for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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