Did you know that April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month? Allentown Animal Clinic urges you to take this time to brush up on your pet safety tips and be prepared in the case of an emergency.
Preventative Care and Keeping Your Pet Healthy
Take your pet to the veterinarian at least once a year for a wellness check up, vaccines, and preventative care.
Maintain year-round use of heartworm preventatives and flea and tick control.
Have your pet spayed/neutered.
Be sure your pets are wearing an ID.
Be sure to make your pets a part of your plans to seek shelter in the case of a disaster.
In case of an emergency be prepared with a first aid kit at home. Some items to include are:
- A bottle of hydrogen peroxide
- A medicine syringe or dropper
- Saline eye solution
- Grease-cutting dish detergent (i.e. Dawn)
- A muzzle
- Current medical records and photos of your pet
- Your Veterinarians phone number, as well as the ASPCA Poison Control number.
Remember that while first aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, however, taking quick action can save your pet’s life. Get your pet to your veterinarian after administering any first aid treatments at home.