April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month! While serious injury to companion animals is fairly rare, dogs can encounter routine scrapes, sprains, and bumps in addition to the dreaded wood tick. When the serious injury does occur, however, survival rates increase when first aid is applied before emergency veterinary care can be reached.
Wagging Tails is dedicated to providing the highest level of expertise to dogs in their care and partners with Argosy University in Eagan to employ veterinary technology students. In honor of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, we want to make sure you’re prepared to help Fido in case of injury in your own home too. Download the Red Cross First Aid App and put together your own canine first aid kit by assembling the following items:
- Oral syringe
- Saline eye wash
- Epsom salts
- Rubber gloves
- Mild soap
- Hand sanitizer
- Antiseptic solution such as Betadine
- Elastic or ace bandages
- Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F) and lubricant
- Stretchable gauze, gauze pads and non-stick bandages
- Blunt scissors
- A leash
When your first aid kit is assembled, make sure it is in an accessible location where all family members can find it! Include the number for the emergency veterinary clinic in your area in addition to the ASPCA’s Poison Control hotline (888) 426-4435. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
There are many resources both online and in your own community including pet first aid training classes. Celebrate Pet First Aid Awareness Month by researching options today!