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Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Did you know that April is officially Pet First Aid Awareness Month? We of course want all of our furry patients to stay safe, sound, and healthy, and hope that you will never have to give your pet first aid. However, accidents can and do happen, so we always advise being prepared, and erring on the side of caution. Read on as a local Hendersonville, NC vet discusses pet first aid.

First Aid Kit

Keep a first aid kit ready for your furry buddy. You may find it easiest to start with a regular first aid kit, and then add some pet-specific items, such as gauze, a muzzle, blankets, blunt-end scissors, tweezers, styptic pens or powders, and non-stick bandages.

Information

We recommend buying or printing out a pet first-aid brochure. You’ll also want to keep copies of your pet’s medical records, as well as important numbers, such as your vet’s, the nearest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA poison control number, which is 888-426-4435. (Note: charges may apply.) Store these things with your pet’s first aid kit in a dedicated box or bag, and keep it near your pet’s carrier.

Prevention

As the old saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure your home is safe for your furry little pal by removing or securing any potentially dangerous items. Some things to address include toxic plants; chemicals and household cleaners; lawn/garden products, such as herbicides and fertilizer; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; medicine; and any small or sharp objects. Wires and cords can also be an issue. When you choose plants, be sure to only get plants that are safe for pets. You can check the ASPCA website here. It’s also important for you to be aware of what foods are and are not safe for your furbaby. Ask your vet for more information on keeping your pet safe.

Security

Keep your pet in safe, comfortable places. We recommend that cats live indoors. Fluffy is very small, and can easily get lost, injured, or even killed. If you have a dog, make sure that your fences are secure, so Fido can’t slip out, and keep your canine pal leashed when you take him out and about.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health? Contact us anytime! As your local Hendersonville, NC animal clinic, we’re here to help.

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