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Posted on 08-07-2014

Pet First Aid: Ways to Learn

pet_first_aid_AustinPets can get injured in a multitude of ways. They can fall and sprain or fracture a leg. They can ingest chemicals and foods and substances that are not safe for pets. They can overheat or get cut or burned, and it is important to understand how to care for your pet after they are injured and while they are en route to our animal hospital.

First Aid Supplies

The first step to caring for your injured pet involves having the right first aid supplies. You should keep the phone numbers of your veterinarian on hand and the number to our emergency hospital as well as our hours. We are open all evening and night during the week, 24 hours on the weekend and every holiday to take care of your injured pet.

Your pet first aid kit should contain gauze, nonstick bandages, clean strips of cloth, hydrogen peroxide, a pet thermometer, a muzzle, a lease and a stretcher. These items will help you take care of your pet in case they have accidentally poisoned themselves, gotten a cut or broken a leg, but it is also important to learn the right ways to take care of your pet after an emergency.

Learning First Aid For Your Pet

To learn how to take care of your pet in the event of an injury, locate a pet first aid class. There are several available from various organizations, including Animal Red Cross, Dogsafe, Pet Tech and Walks “N” Wags. 

The Animal Red Cross, a division of the American Red Cross, offers pet safety courses all over the country. These courses will instruct you on how to provide first aid to your cat or dog, including basic responsibilities, how to give medicine, wound treatment and disaster preparedness.

Taking a pet care course can save the life of your pet and give you the time you need to get your pet to our animal hospital for further care.

Do you know what to do in the event that your pet becomes injured or sick?

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