What would you do if there was an emergency involving your pet?
Would you know how to save your dog’s life?
Smart pet parents know it’s important to be prepared for a pet injury before it happens. That means knowing CPR for dogs and having a few medical supplies on hand at all times. You can get a PDF copy of our infographic here.
CPR for Dogs
If you’d like to learn more about CPR for dogs, you can look for a class in your area or check out our infographic showing the basics. It could save a dog’s life someday, so be sure to share it with your friends.
First Aid for Dogs
You’ll also need a pet First Aid kit. You can purchase ready-made kit or make one of your own. You’ll want to include:
- necktie to use as a muzzle
- nonstick dressing pads
- adhesive medical tape
- self-cling gauze
- pet thermometer
- syrup of ipecac
- milk of magnesia
- activated charcoal
- hydrogen peroxide
- splint supplies
- antiseptic spray
- antiseptic wipes
- plastic syringes for giving oral medication
- clean towels
- sugar packets
- eye wash solution
- large bottle of sterile normal saline to flush wounds
It’s important to remember that when hurt, even loving gentle dogs can become aggressive. Your dog doesn’t mean hurt you, he’s just in pain and confused and his instincts tell him to defend himself. For this reason, you may want to muzzle your dog before attempting to help him in an emergency.
Be sure to know the Pet Poison Control number and how to reach an emergency veterinarian near your home. (888) 426-4435 will put you in touch with a poison control expert twenty-four hours a day.
You can learn more about pet first aid or contact your local ASPCA chapter to find out about pet first aid classes near you. A prepared pet parent is one who is ready to save a life at a moment’s notice.
To help protect your dog, give him COMPLETE ME supplements for dogs to help his body naturally fend off threats and heal faster.