PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH

PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH

At The Delighted Dog, we take extra steps to make sure your dogs have a safe and fun outing with our team. April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and we’d like to share some of the most important first aid tips every pet parent should know.


FIRST AID KIT

Keep a dog-friendly first aid kit - you never know if you may need it! Our walkers carry a kit on them at all times. Essentials include hydrogen peroxide, medical tape, cotton strips or gauze, and tweezers. Here you can find a helpful checklist of all the items to include.


HEIMLICH MANEUVER

Like humans, dogs are at risk of choking. However, it can be much more difficult to tell if your dog has something that is blocking his airway. Signs to look for include discolored tongue or gums (blue, gray, white), high-pitched squeaking or whistling noises, anxiety or panic, and loss of consciousness. If your pet is panicking and pawing at her mouth, that is a clear sign that she may need immediate attention. Learn how to do the Heimlich Maneuver for your pet. We recommend printing out these instructions and keeping a copy in your pet’s first aid kit.


POISONOUS FOODS

While some dogs may have allergies, there are general foods that all canines should avoid. Perhaps you know to keep your pup away from chocolate, but what about onions, garlic, and grapes? Know which foods to keep out of your pet’s reach. You can find a complete list of dangerous items here. When in doubt, it’s always best to consult your veterinarian.

HANDLING AN INJURED PET

When examining an injured dog, always exercise caution for both you and your dog’s safety. Try to remain calm, as to not further upset your pet. Keep your face away from your dog’s mouth - even the gentlest of pups might react violently when scared or in discomfort. Work slowly and gently - if your dog becomes more agitated, stop and call your vet. If your pup needs to be transported to the vet, keep him in a small, confined area to prevent further injury. His travel bag, crate, or even a cardboard box will do.


These tips can help prevent harm to your dog and provide you with the necessary tools to save your pup in emergencies. Any time your pet is injured, always consult with your veterinarian.