April is hailed as the National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. In this month, we dedicate ourselves to teaching pet parents the basics of applying first aid. Nowadays, it has become quite a norm that whenever our pets get injured or slightly grazed, we rush ourselves to vets without giving our furry friend the necessary first aid.
That’s why, in the month of April, we take it upon ourselves to let pet parents like you know how to tackle any emergency, although as small as your pet getting slightly bruised or as large as your furry friend getting caught in a life and death situation.
Why You Need a First-Aid Kit?
April is that time of the year when Spring is in full bloom and carries an urge that astounds pets to go outside for playing and enjoying this lovely season. Thus, the chance of ending up in an accident or injury increases for your beloved pet. Considering this, it would be wise for you to have a first aid kit by your side all the time.
This month also serves as a reminder for us to check the expiry date of first-aid items and restock them if they are near their limit. However, if you don’t have a first-aid kit at your home, you should always have the following items by your side:
- Adhesive tape
- Absorbent gauze pads
- Disposable gloves
- Cotton balls or swabs
- Alcohol wipes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Hand-sized Towel
- An oral syringe
- Styptic powder
- Small flashlight
- Saline eye solution
- Liquid dishwashing detergent (for bathing)
A collection of these will serve as an alternative to a first-aid box.
Take A Pet First-Aid Course
Ever thought of taking a pet first-aid course? We recommend that you should. A certified first-aid course teaches you not only how to handle and react in emergency crises but also teach you how to read pet pulses, how to give CPR, how to dress a wound, how to stop bleeding, and a lot more.
What To Do If Your Pet is Injured?
- First of all, don’t panic. Remain calm and take deep breaths.
- Put pressure on the wound.
- Try to suppress bleeding.
- Check your pet’s breathing and pulse rate.
- If there’s a breathing issue, give a CPR.
- Contact the emergency numbers provided by your vet.
- Before driving to your nearest vet, check if there’s any broken bone or not.
Take Precautionary Measures
Prevention is better than cure. You would have heard this saying, right? Taking such steps that abolish the need for first aid in the first place is a great tactic. We understand that it is a lot difficult to always keep an eye on your pet, and more when you are a working person and have many chores to tend to.
Nevertheless, one thing that you can always do to keep your pet safe, and sound is free up your house from any sharp, pointy objects that may cause an injury. You should also make sure to place every harmful consumable out of your pet’s reach before leaving the house.
Who knows, these little things might end up saving your pet’s life in the future?