The American Red Cross not only offers lifesaving classes for human beings, it also provides online classes that help save dogs and cats. Knowing how to detect changes in your pet’s personality or behavior can help them receive the diagnosis they need to get better. Many animals do not show signs of illness even when their disease progresses.
If you’re not familiar with the most common health conditions and types of injuries that pets face, it’s time to do something about that. The internet is a fantastic resource for learning all there is to know about pet first aid. The better informed you are, the more capable you are for caring for your furry friends.
Here are some of the ways you can prepare to be a better caregiver for your dog or cat.
Download the American Red Cross Pet First Aid app.
It’s free and provides comprehensive information about allergic reactions, bite wounds, breathing problems, and more. It’s available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The app is filled with text and videos concerning dogs and cats.
Keep track of the ingredients you’re feeding your pet.
If you’ve changed the food that you typically feed your dog or cat, it could cause them to have an allergic reaction. Knowing which ingredients the brand that you buy consists of helps the veterinarian narrow down the allergen. The Petrics app (coming soon to an app store near you!) allows users to access this information within seconds from the convenience of their own phone.
Build and stock a first aid kit for your pets.
Keep one in the home and in the car. Wherever your pets go, there should be a spare kit on hand. That way, you can spring into action and provide the animal with the assistance they need until the veterinarian steps in and takes over.
Create a binder that provides detailed instructions for pet caregivers.
In the event that you are away from your pet for any length of time, make sure that the person taking care of the dog or cat is aware of any medical conditions that they have. Keep a binder with detailed information about the animal’s medical history, along with a feeding schedule and the number for your vet and animal poison control.
You’ll also want to keep current photos of your pet in the binder in the event they get scared and dart out the door. Being able to find the animal quickly is key. Most inside pets have no idea of the dangers that lurk around the corner outdoors.
Being prepared allows you to take charge of scary situations.
Accidents and illnesses happen unpredictably. It’s important to make sure that you’re ready for the unexpected. By making yourself familiar with the basics of pet first aid, you’re able to spring into action immediately, so you can get your cat or dog the medical help they need from a veterinarian. When seconds count, knowing the basics of treating wounds and moving an ill pet from the home to the car and finally to the animal clinic is critical.
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