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Pet Awareness Month

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month and a great time for all pet owners to learn how best to handle pet accidents and emergencies. We encourage all pet owners to learn what to do if their pet becomes injured by taking a Pet First Aid course (contact zoo sitters if interested in attending a class).

Dr. Emily Pointer, DVM, at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, said that the most important aspect pet owners should take away from National Pet First Aid Awareness Month is how critical it is to be prepared.

“An emergency situation can be handled much faster and more appropriately if an owner has resources like a first aid kit (if you need to purchase a kit, please visit our link to WagN Enterprises. They have the best kits around and are reasonably priced) and list of important phone numbers (veterinarian, emergency animal hospital and poison control) easily accessible,” (zoo sitters can also provide you with a copy of your Client Profile. This will contain your information, along with your detailed Pet Profile, Vet Numbers and Addresses, etc. Simply contact us if you’d like a printed out copy of your information.) Dr. Pointer said.

Just like people, most pet accidents happen in or nearby the home. Examples of the most common pet accidents include toxic ingestion, dog bites, high rise syndrome, ripped toenails, foreign body ingestions with gastrointestinal problems, eye emergencies, broken bones, trouble giving birth and being hit by a car.

Simple first-aid procedures can be the difference between life and death. Knowing how to apply pressure to a source of bleeding and place a temporary bandage is vital to your pet’s safety, and may even save the life of your pet. As a side note, all Zoo Sitters pet sitters are certified in Pet First Aid through Pet Tech so rest assured that your babies will get the best of care when we sit for you.

According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), 25 percent more pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique were applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care.

“Even after a pet owner has administered first aid, it is extremely important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible,” Dr. Pointer said. “There are many, many emergencies that cannot be managed, even in the initial period, with simple first aid.”

Another aspect of Pet First Aid Awareness Month we’d like our clients to be aware of is Emergency Planning. Unfortunately, we do live in an area that often has hurricanes, surges, and all around nasty weather. Zoo Sitters has posted some leaflets that we recommend all clients have on file in their homes in case of evacuation. These leaflets can be posted on your door should you have to leave your home, letting first responders know if you do or do not have pets left behind. Click HERE to download your Evacuation Notices from the Articles tab on our website.

courtesy of Pet Sitters International