Spring brought mud indoors with pets, but Summer brings Pet Injuries.
Practical Pet First Aid for Dogs & Cats - Book
Knowing CPR & First Aid are great preparedness for taking care of the family, but don't forget Fluffy, Flicka, and Fido.
Our four-legged family members have different anatomy than ours... CPR is performed sideways on pets... Hydrogen peroxide is used in Pet First Aid to induce vomiting (to expel poison, generally) not to clean wounds.
Do you know your Animal First Aid?
Many local Humane Societies, Animal Shelters and Veterinary Clinics will offer Canine and Feline CPR or First Aid Course... some are even free. If you love your pet, take one. You'll learn some very practical information about giving care to an injured animal - including safety for yourself and others. Often first aid is what will make the difference and emergency veterinary clinics and advanced care are not always right around the corned, and most aren't open 24 hours.
Pet First Aid Kits - Dog 1st Aid, Cat 1st Aid, Horse Too
As any course will tell you, you need a good pet first aid kit, too. Be sure your pet first aid kit is appropriate to the type of pet you have, the likely injuries based upon your family lifestyle and location, and make sure there's a great pet first aid guide. Just as with human first aid, you may learn the skills in a class, practice on manikins, and understand the principles, but in an emergency it is vital to have a well written and well organized first aid book to remind you of the proper steps and reassure you that you are giving the best care.
Reading first aid instructions to you while you tend to an injured pet is a great way to keep children calm, involved, and out of harms way while you care for the family mascot as well.