I once walked a dog who had a nose for finding food on the ground. We came upon chicken bones someone had thrown out. He was a very strong dog and proceeded to pull me over to those bones. Thankfully, I was stronger and able to move us along past the bones. Had he been able to get to the chicken bones and eaten them it could have been a really bad thing. They could have gotten stuck in his digestive track and ripped it open and many other terrible things. Health emergencies for our pets are scary. We don’t always know what to do or how to do it and our pets need help immediately. Of course, getting them to a vet ASAP is extremely important. But what if you can’t wait and they need help NOW.Why not create a Pet First Aid kit to keep in your car and one for your home as well? Below is a list of items the ASPCA suggests.
Another idea is to sign up for a Pet First Aid class. The information and life saving techniques you learn in these courses are invaluable. The courses we have taken and recommend are:
- PetTech – PetSaver™ Program is an eight hour course that will cover the following topics. Additionally, the class includes our PetSaver™ handbook, and upon successful completion each participant will receive a certificate. click here
- Red Cross Dog and Cat First Aid Online – In this course, you will learn the basics of providing first aid care for your cat or dog, and will learn how to best give care for common emergency situations. This 35 minute online course covers understanding your pet’s vital signs, breathing and cardiac emergencies, wounds and bleeding, seizures, and preventative care for cats and dogs. This course is desktop and tablet compatible. click here
You never know when an accident will happen. Being prepared is the MOST important thing.
Stay safe out there!