domestic-cat-726989_1920Owners of pets know things can happen. Your pet can be just fine, and then a moment later something goes wrong. Pets are good at eating things that they shouldn’t. They get stuck in places that they shouldn’t. They get scratched and bleed. Unfortunately, many pets get hit by cars because they were running and playing unaware of the road.

Things happen, and it is always good to know a little about first aid. Though good veterinary care shouldn’t be overlooked, quick thinking on your part could be the difference between life and death.

If your pet has gotten something on his or her skin or in the eyes, read the directions on the label. Wash your pet well with soapy water to get any of it off.

If your pet ate something that he or she shouldn’t have, you should call the Animal Poison Control Center. Their number is 888-426-4435, and they are very helpful. Though there is a fee, they will be able to tell you if your pet has ingested a harmful amount. They should also be able to tell you if you need to make your pet vomit.

If your pet has seizures, you should try to keep him or her safe during the seizure. However, seizing pets don’t have any control over their bodies, so don’t be careful not to get bitten! Make sure your pet is on the floor. If he or she is on the couch, your pet may fall off. Also, move any furniture so that your pet doesn’t accidentally get hurt. Call the veterinarian as soon as the seizure is over to decide how to proceed.

If your pet is bleeding and you are able, bandage the area before taking your pet to the veterinarian. Some wounds need to be sutured so it is important for your pet to be seen.

Though it can be hard, it is very important to keep your head clear so that you can help your pet. If you have any questions about first aid, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (714) 526-4694.