April is Pet First Aid Awareness month and all of us here at Blum Animal Hospital want you to be prepared in case an emergency were to arise.
While first aid measures should never replace your pet receiving medical attention from a veterinarian, having a first aid kit assembled can help stabilize them before reaching our veterinarians here at Blum.
Here are some ideas of items to include in your first aid kit:
- Phone numbers – Have a list of emergency phone numbers including Blum Animal Hospital, (773) 327-4446 and an animal poison control hotline, such as the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, (888) 426-4435.
- Muzzle – Having a muzzle that fits properly and can be put on in an emergency can be helpful since any pet has the capability of biting if they are frightened or are in pain. Make sure you never use a muzzle if your pet is vomiting, choking or having any difficulty breathing.
- Blankets + Towels – These items can be used to keep a pet warm, apply pressure to a wound, or wrap a pet up for restraint or to administer treatments. Blankets or towels can also be used as a sling to help a pet walk when they need a little extra assistance.
- Thermometer – A pet’s temperature must always be taken rectally. Temperatures ranging from 100 to 102.5 are normal for both dogs and cats. If your pet’s rectal temperature is either above or below this range, you should contact your Blum veterinarian immediately.
- Hydrogen Peroxide – If your pet has ingested a potentially toxic substance, you should either contact Blum or the ASPCA Poison Control as soon as possible. For many different toxin ingestions, vomiting is absolutely indicated, but in others, vomiting can actually be harmful (ie. battery ingestions, lye, bleach, etc). Please contact your veterinarian prior to induction of vomiting to ensure correct treatment.
- Benadryl – If your pet is experiencing an allergic reaction, Benadryl can be given to help combat this. Receiving the correct dose from your veterinarian is preferred, but if you are unable to contact your doctor, the dosage information is 1mg per pound of weight. The standard size Benadryl comes in is a 25mg tablet. For example, a 25 lbs. dog would receive 1 tablet of Benadryl.
Emergencies can strike anywhere – even if you’re close by in Lakeview or Lincoln Park, still having a first aid kit prepared can help save your pet’s life. For more information, we’ve included two of our other blog entries that discuss pet emergencies and as always, please feel free to reach out to us here at Blum if you have any other questions or concerns!
Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.