Knowing the basics of first aid and CPR can make the difference between life and death. The same is true of knowing it for your pet. By being prepared both proactively and reactivity, you can prevent accidents before they happen as well as act appropriately if one does happen.
Understanding potential hazards and removing them from the pet’s environment is always the best preventative method and should be the first line in the protection of your pet. Many things we have around our homes are toxic to our animals. Do some research on the potential hazards that you have in your home. Some of these include, many plant specis, household cleaners, and even certain plastics. There are many resources online and at your veterinarian’s office to review and keep in mind. One very good source is the Pet Poison Helpline. It has an excellent online data base, and for a fee, you can call a number that is monitored 24/7.
There is also a very helpful “emergency instructions” page that can walk you through what to do if you think your pet has been poisoned.
Because accidents do happen no matter how prepared we may think we are, it is a great idea to put together a pet first aid kit in your house in case of emergencies. There are a number of helpful websites with numerous lists of what to include in a pet first aid kit. A good list is available at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s website. They also recommend having your veterinarian and the after hours emergency veterinarian phone numbers handy, and keep your pet’s medical records within easy access in case they are needed during the emergency.
To become certified, there are several training courses around the valley. For class information please visit: http://www.pettech.net/index.php