First Aid for Dogs & Cats - Awareness (guest post)
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month!
After the response I got from Dr. Shafford’s guest blog posts in February, I’ve decided that I’m going to ask some more of my veterinarian friends to write guest blog posts. I believe that doing so will help me bring you all some additional and unique perspective from the veterinary community that will help to further the mission of The Preventive Vet - to help you keep your pets happy, healthy, safe, and well. Let me know if you like what you’re seeing and if there are any particular subjects that you’d like to see covered. At the end of the day… this is your blog - let your voice be heard :-)
Knowing what to do (and what not to do) in the event that your pet suffers an injury or any number of other emergencies is of course very important. Equally as important though is having handy the supplies necessary to administer first-aid!
Below I’ve listed the items that every pet owner should include in their pet’s first-aid kit. Depending on your particular pet’s medical history, they may benefit from the inclusion of additional items too. It’s always a good idea to talk with your veterinarian to ensure that your own pet’s first-aid kit is as complete as it can be.
You can often pick up many of these items at your local pharmacy or superstore. But it may be easier and better just to see if you can purchase them through your veterinarian instead. They likely have most of these supplies in their office, and they may even have pre-made pet first aid kits to save you the trouble.
Easter is just around the corner and, if you’ve got pets, there are a few extra things you might want to think about if you want to keep them happy, healthy, and safe as you prepare to host the family for dinner and the traditional egg hunt.
Beautiful can prove deadly
Some of the plants and flowers that commonly adorn tables at this time of year can cause some serious problems for your pets. A few of the more common, and more dangerous, Easter-associated plants & flowers are listed below, but for a more extensive list of poisonous plants and flowers – and some non-toxic alternatives – click here. If you want to keep your pets happy, healthy, and safe, and avoid an emergency trip to the pet ER this holiday, keep an eye out for these common Easter plants and flowers.