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Your pets are part of your family, and taking care of them is a major priority. When our pets are sick or in danger, they need special care that requires your help. With April being Pet First-Aid Awareness month, we want to share our Canine Cuties tips for keeping your cuties safe and smiling as we spring into warmer weather.

Basic Health Tips

  • Give pets daily exercise.
  • Give between 8.5 to 17 ounces of cool water to your dog everyday, depending on their size and age. (cats are closer to 2-4 ounces).
  • Schedule annual checkups with their vet to keep up on vaccines and overall health.
  • Get your pets spayed or neutered. This can prevent certain types of cancers.

 

First-Aid Tips

Have A Pet First-Aid Kit At The Ready. Just like a regular First-Aid Kit, have a special place for your pet’s First-Aid Kit. No one likes rummaging through cabinets during an emergency! Your kit should include:

  • Eye wash
  • Gauze
  • Flex wrap bandages
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting)
  • First aid cream or antibiotic ointment
  • Benadryl and antacid

Know where your nearest vet and pet emergency facility is. Add the numbers and address to your emergency contact list in your phone.

Memorize the Hurry Cases. “Hurry Cases” are the first aid term for health emergencies that require immediate action. The most common Hurry Cases are choking and bloating. While bloating doesn’t sound that scary (since we humans bloat all the time), for a dog, bloating can be fatal after only only 20 minutes. Other signs of bloating include paleness in the tongue and nose, a weak pulse, vomiting or excessive drooling.

Take A Class in First-Aid For Pets. We believe taking a Pet-First Aid class is essential for pet-owners. Unlike people, our pets have a harder time telling us when something is wrong, so it helps to know the basics of pet First-Aid before anything happens. Sign up for a class to get the basics down and some peace of mind knowing you have some control over your pet’s health. In a Pet First-Aid class, you will learn:

  • How to perform CPR
  • How to clean and wrap a wound
  • How to be a first-aid responder
  • How to assess and manage common pet emergencies
  • Shock management
  • How to handle your pet during an emergency

Emergency planning with your pet. In the event of an emergency where you and others are concerned, it’s important to have a plan for your pet’s evacuation and safety. Finding a place to bring your pet can be a surprising hassle during an emergency. Know which friends or family members can take care of your pet, as most Red Cross shelters and other emergency shelters can’t take pets.

Know your pet is safe and healthy with Canine Cuties pet-nannies. Learn more about our team’s First Aid know-how and training here.