What You Might Not Know About Taking Care of Basic Pet First Aid

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We all want to give our pets a safe and happy home. But we’ve mostly been there with pet accidents and they are not fun! Whether it resulted in a soft bandage boot, the introduction of a leash, or in-home training, our pets have had us worried about their condition at one point or another. 

Needless to say, we don’t always know what to do when our pets get injured. But worry not! We’ve got you covered! Here are a few important things that you may not know about taking care of pet first aid:

  • When your pet is hit by a car

We all hope to keep our pets safe inside or leashed when they are outside. However, there are one too many moments where your pet may break free and run away. When this happens, your pet may possibly run into a busy road or oncoming car. 

If they get hit, you’ll need to perform basic first aid. Slowly approach your pet- even though they know you, they may bite or get defensive out of pain. Thereafter, minimize their movement so they don’t further injure themselves. 

Slowly move them from the road and cover them with a warm blanket. In case there’s a lot of blood flow, apply pressure on the bleeding area and take them to the vet’s office for a checkup. 

  • Accidents when playing

Pets are active and they like playing with sticks, balls, and other toys.  Unfortunately, these toys also pose a safety threat. For instance, if a dog gets the stick stuck in its mouth then it may not be easy to remove it. 

You’ll need a second party’s help to help hold the dog so you can remove the object from its mouth. In case your pet can’t breathe because a toy or a stick is lodged deeply in their throat, perform a quick compression behind their last rib as this will dislodge the toy, and then call the vet immediately. 

  • When poisoning occurs

On the off chance that your pet comes into contact with poisonous material, then you should call the vet or poison control center immediately. No matter how much you pet-proof your home, you can’t protect your pet from everything. 

They may eat a poisonous plant or even consume food that’s not meant for pets, such as chocolate. Remember not to induce vomiting, unless your vet recommends it. 

What Should Your Pet First Aid Kit Have?

Just like you require a first aid kit at home or inside your car in case an accident occurs, your pet first aid kit will come in handy when your pet gets hurt. Ideally, your first aid pet kit should include all the following:

  • Activated charcoal for poisoning incidents
  • A basic first aid book that will help you navigate 
  • Disposable gloves
  • Steril;e gloves and bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Antibiotic ointment

There you go! Everything you need to help your pet stay on the safe and narrow- no pun intended! Remember to always act fast when your pet has an accident. A minute early will always make the difference! 

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