First Aid Tips for Pets

What would you do if:

  • ...your dog ate a bar of semi-sweet chocolate that was left out on the coffee table?

  • ...your cat had a seizure right in front of you?

  • ...your dog was overheating on a hot summer day?

  • ....your cat was suddenly limping?
There are so many different situations that your pet may get into that could result in panic for you, the pet owner, and a potential pet medical emergency. To help you out, we've put together a list of links to help you with the basics of giving first aid care to your pet.
Before we get into pet first aid, we need to tell you that any first aid you administer to your vet needs to be followed by immediate veterinary care.  First aid care is not a substitute for professional veterinary care, but it has the potential to save your pet's life until they receive the appropriate veterinary treatment.
First aid supplies
This handy checklist gives you all the supplies you need to have for pet first aid. What's great is that many of the items in your family's first aid kit will also apply to your pet. 
How to handle an injured pet
Knowing how to comfort an injured pet can help minimize your pet's anxiety and also protect you and your family from injury. The biggest thing when handing an injured pet is to NEVER assume they won't bite or scratch you. Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. We know that when you see your pet in pain your first impulse will be to comfort them, know this may scare them more or even cause them pain. Your next step is to examine the injury slowly and gently, stopping if your pet becomes agitated. 
Basic pet first aid procedures
Follow the link above for instructions on providing emergency first aid if your pet has been poisoned, is suffering from a seizure or broken bones, is bleeding or has a burn, etc. There's also step by step instructions for pet CPR. This is super handy to have and put in your pet first aid kit.
First aid when traveling with your pet
When traveling with pets, it's always great to be prepared in case of an emergency. Check out the link above for a few easy steps to help you administer first aid treatment when you're out and about with your pet. 
Pets and disasters
Natural disasters and unexpected catastrophes are heartbreaking period. If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, it's a good idea to have not just an emergency kit for yourself, but also for your pet(s). This link is a good-to-know resource for you and your pets in all situations. 
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