Most homes today are equipped to handle small emergencies, but what if our pet, our dog, needed immediate assistance one that could prevent a death prior to getting the dog to a veterinarian clinic? Think about the ailments your pet, your dog, could suddenly suffer from:
Cuts and bleeding -Poisoning - Drowning - Rescue Breathing and CPR - Simple Medication Administration - Choking - Fractures and Sprains - Animal Bites or Insect Stings - Burns or Severe Cold injuries
Listed above is just a small list of the types of minor, but life threatening situations an animal owner should be ready for and prepared to deal with. As pet owners you should have a first aid kit ready just as you would for any member of your family. Consider putting together an emergency preparedness kit with: Muzzle: dealing with a first aid situation, their fear could turn the tamest dog into a biter.Scissors: Used to remove a foreign object that has come tangled in fur. Or to cut bandages in an emergency. Tweezers: First piece in case of an emergency involving splinters, ticks, and additional objects in paws. Gloves: You have to be prepared to remove lodged food, dealing with blood, etc. Your safety is equally as important. Towels: From stopping massive bleeding, to cleaning a wound, to providing critical compressions in a compound fracture. Medical Tape and Gauze: A number of uses but not limited to deal with bleeding or a broken bone! Vets Phone #: This should be on your speed dial on your Smartphone as all Vets have a 24 hour emergency call service! National Poison Control: 1-888-426-4235.