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You never know the importance of learning pet first aid unless you are in a place far away from a vet’s clinic. You are out camping, boating, or hiking — or you happen to live on a farm or ranch, where the nearest pet clinic is miles away. These times can become really crucial, and you may need to do your best to help your sick or hurt pets, at least before proper care arrives or becomes within reach.
One of the most important things that all pet parents need to understand is that prevention is the best medicine. While you cannot monitor your pets 24/7 or prevent accidents from happening to them, you can take steps to reduce the dangers and risks your pet faces every day. The first thing you can do to prevent pet accidents is to become conscious of household items that could cause choking, injuries, sickness, or accidental poisoning to the animals. You also need to have your pet’s first-aid kit stocked and ready, just in case.
Accidents happen, and that is inevitable. But giving importance to the National Pet First Aid Awareness Month and knowing how to handle emergencies can save your pet. Thus, even if you spend most of your time at home with your pet and live near a vet, you should still always prepare for a scenario where you are required to attend to an emergency related to your pet. This small task can be what saves your pet’s life.
5 FACTS ABOUT PET FIRST AID
It reduces your pets’ anxiety
Reducing your pet’s anxiety is crucial to its development, mental, and physical well-being.
Be wary of bones and sticks
Bones can get lodged in or across the roof of a dog’s mouth, so be wary of sticks and bones.
Burns require immediate treatment
Aloe vera is a great first aid that you can use on burns suffered by your pet.
Act immediately on dog bites
If your dog is bitten by another dog, visit a vet clinic immediately and have it checked.
A dark room helps with fits
If your dog has a fit, move hard objects around him and darken the room
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH
-Take a pet first aid course
Take a pet first aid course organized in your area. It will be available in your vet clinic, pet shop, and local humane societies.
-Make a pet first aid kit
If you don’t have a pet first aid kit it's time to get one done. Make your pet first aid kit with bandages, scissors, gauze pads, sterile saline wash, gloves, and cotton balls today.
-Share your story
Not many people know how to perform first aid to pets. So, if you have this experience or if you work at a pet clinic, share this information with the world via social media.
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