You already know what to do when one of your family members needs first aid, but what about your furry family members? April is National Pet First Aid Awareness month! Read on for tips and tricks to keep your pets safe and healthy by creating your own pet first aid kit, and what to do when you need more than an in-home kit can provide.

Put together a simple kit with first aid basics to stay prepared for any scenario. These products can aid both cats and dogs. Consider including items such as:

*The telephone number of your closest animal hospital

*Gauze and non-stick bandages – for wound wrapping

*A thick towel

*Blunt-ended scissors

*Hydrogen peroxide 3% – to induce vomiting (always contact your vet before inducing vomiting in any animal)

Some pet health issues are beyond your care and require a visit to your family vet or local animal hospital. Here are some symptoms to watch for that may need professional care:

*Lethargy – This is a very important early sign that something’s not quite right. Use a pet tracker like Poof to see if your pet is sleeping more than usual or not moving as much.

*Disinterest in food or water

*Inability to urinate or defecate

*Difficulty breathing

Additionally, cats and dogs are two very different species, so of course. their first aid needs will be different! Learn about the differences between cat and dog first aid needs to keep your pets healthy and happy and ensure you have the right products on hand in case of an accident.

Cats

*Cats more than dogs are at risk of falling from high places (they just love warm, sunny windowsills!).

*Those adorably expressive tails are particularly susceptible to injury, which can cause serious bladder problems.

*Cats love to explore outdoors, but this puts them at risk of vehicle accidents.

Dogs

*Nothing is cuter than a dog with a bone but treats like rawhide can be chewed into tiny pieces that can lodge in your pup’s throat, causing choking.

*While playing in the sun is a great way to burn off energy, dogs are susceptible to heatstroke.

*Sometimes, playtime can take a turn for the worse. Dogs can get superficial wounds just from wrestling.

Sources:

bluecross.org.uk

cathealth.com

AVMA

Blue Cross for Pets