First Aid Basics for Pet Owners

Part of being a responsible pet owner is knowing basic first aid for your pets. Whether that is minor injuries or life saving techniques, like CPR, all pet parents should prepare themselves for emergencies. We’re here to help you get familiar with the basics and responding quickly. Follow this guide to keep your pets safe at home and on the go.

Take our Pet CPR, First Aid & Preventative Care Class

In this class, you will become CPR Certified, learn basic first aid techniques and learn the importance of preventative care. This class is happening on Mar 30 from 10am-1pm at University Animal Hospital. There is a $50 registration fee due before the class starts. If you are interested in taking the class, please call Emily Maschino at 480-968-9275 ext 140 to reserve your spot.

If you can’t attend our class, these are some things that you should know about basic first aid:

First Aid Kit

One of the first things you can do is put together a first aid kit for you pets that is easily accessible, and portable for on the go needs. You don’t have to include everything in your medicine cabinet, but there are a few necessities that need to be packed.

Include the following items in your pet’s first aid kit:

  •      Bandages and self-adhering gauze
  •      Absorbent dressing
  •      Surgical tape
  •      Clean towels
  •      Disposable gloves
  •      Number for vet office and poison control

How to Handle an Injured Pet

Remember that an injured pet can easily start to panic. No matter how long you’ve had them or familiar they are with you, a scared animal can easily lash out to protect themselves. Always approach the animal slowly and calmly to administer care. Use towels to hold or carry the animal to transport them to avoid injuries to themselves or you.

If they are bleeding, make sure you apply slight pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding. If the injury is internal, like a broken leg or torn muscle, be sure to keep the injury steady. If immediate transportation is necessary, try to keep the animal in their original position to prevent any further damage.

Administer CPR to a Dog

Sometimes basic resuscitation is needed. Follow these steps to complete CPR on your pup:

  •      Roll the dog onto their side
  •      Check their breathing with the back of your hand or a tuft of fur held up to their nostrils
  •      Carefully open their mouth and pull the tongue forward to check for any blockage
  •      If they don’t start breathing, you can perform CPR by closing their mouth, tilting their head back and breathe into their nose.

Always remember that any emergency first aid administered to your pet should be followed by professional veterinary care. Keep our number saved in your phone or on a sheet in your first aid kit for easy access. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about your basic pet first aid! Contact us online to get in touch with us today.