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National Pet first aid awareness takes place in April

What things should you have on hand at home for your pet? How can I tell if my pet is in need of veterinary care right away? What do I do if my pet is having a seizure? We are going to share some helpful information on how to keep your pets safe at home and how to tell when they need care right away.

What should you have on hand at home? It can be beneficial to have a digital thermometer just for your pets. If your pet is acting sick, taking a rectal temperature can be helpful. Normal temperature for cats and dogs is between 100-103 degrees. If your pet is still acting ill, even if he or she doesn’t have a temperature, you should contact your veterinarian. Do you have poison control’s phone number handy? If your pet should ingest something dangerous or toxic you want to be able to reach them as soon as possible. Having hydrogen peroxide at home is helpful if the Veterinarian or poison control instructs you to give some to your pet to induce vomiting. Never give this without consulting a Veterinarian as there are set dosing per weight of the animal. Having bandage materials at home is always a good idea. In multiple pet households playing can get rough and sometimes pets get hurt. Having bandages to apply to your pet while on your way to the veterinarian can also be very helpful.  You can follow this link to Animal poison control. http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com

What should I do if my pet ever has a seizure? You want to try and avoid moving them if possible. It is important to make sure your pet is in a safe place away from things that they could hurt themselves on. If you need to move them to a save place do so carefully. Always be sure to keep your hands away from their face to avoid being bit. Try and stay calm as becoming panicked can make it worse for your pet. Being quiet is also recommended as to keep your pet less stimulated during the episode. Check out this link for helpful information if your pet should have a seizure. http://www.akcchf.org/news-events/library/articles/seizures-in-dogs.html .

If you live in an area where natural disasters are probable, be prepared. Always keep pet food well stocked in case there is a natural disaster and you’re stuck at home for long period of times.  

How can I tell if my pet needs veterinary care right away? There are many reasons pets would need to see a veterinarian right way. Here are some of the main reasons: Injury or wound, not eating or drinking, hiding, lethargic, not going to the bathroom or changes in bathroom behavior, trauma, eye injury/issue, bleeding, being hit by a car, or being attacked by another animal. Always call your veterinarian and make them aware of the situation, they will give you the best care and advice they can.

Theresa N. Klales

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