National Pet First Aid Awareness Month


April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.  Although first aid is often one of the last things on our minds, it’s important to know how to care for your pet in the event of an emergency.  
By taking a few moments to learn how to recognize the signs that your pet is in distress, you can save your pet’s life in an emergency confidently.

Heat Stroke.  The weather is starting to warm up.  This means that you need to start looking out for signs of heat stroke in your pet.  Remember to never leave your pet inside of a warm car.  Even during a short trip, the air inside of a car can reach 120 degrees!  

Look for signs of:

  • Heavy Panting
  • Being Unable to Calm Down (even when lying down)
  • Red Gums
  • Fast Pulse Rate
  • Unable to Get Up
What to Do:
If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, you need to cool your pet off immediately.  Use hose water to cool your pet off and bring them to one of our offices to make sure that your pet doesn’t suffer from any health damage.
Choking.  It’s easy to see how our pets can be prone to choking.  They love to chew on food and may even get caught rummaging through the garbage.  If your dog is choking, wait a few moments to see if they are able to cough up the obstruction.  
Look for signs of:
  • Gagging
  • Drooling Excessively
  • Wheezing
  • Gasping for Breath
  • Grey or Blue Gums
  • Loss of Consciousness
If your pet has any of these symptoms, it’s important to take action immediately.  Encourage your dog to swallow by gently rubbing its throat or offering a treat.  You should also look inside of your pet’s mouth.  You can look far back in the throat with a flashlight and try to remove it — just take extreme caution to not accidentally force the object further back.  You should also bring your pet to the office.  With emergency veterinary care, we can make sure that your pet is in good hands.

If you have any pet emergency, it’s important to always be cautious.  If you have any questions at all about your pet’s health, we encourage you to contact one of our offices below.

The Cat Hospital

5th Avenue Cat Clinic

Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital

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