Don't wait until disaster strikes before you look for a good veterinarian. Get a head start on your pet emergency care plan by enlisting the services of an excellent veterinarian or veterinary hospital that offers 24-hour emergency pet care. The last thing you want is to be scrambling around on the Internet while Mr. Fluffykins is choking on a hairball and needs your attention.
Many good pet first aid workshops are available, including the Red Cross Pet First Aid Certification, that teach the basics of pet emergency care and provide expert guidance on what to do in natural disasters. Learn how to do CPR and the Heimlich maneuver for pets, as well as how to handle everyday pet emergencies such as bite wounds, bleeding, burns, allergic reactions, choking, heatstroke, vomiting and sudden illnesses.
Most of us have a first aid kit for humans at home, but what about your pets? Plan ahead and have a fully stocked pet first aid kit ready for action. You can buy a basic kit online or assemble one yourself with this easy checklist:
Dogs and cats are very good at hiding signs of illness, so stay alert to any subtle clues. In case an emergency arises, you are now more than prepared to handle it -- so stay calm. Stay with your pet. Remember what you learned in your pet first aid workshop and administer care as necessary.
In case of a serious pet emergency (heatstroke, severe bleeding, burns, broken bones, bite wounds, poisoning, seizures, etc.), seek veterinary attention immediately. Administer first aid to your pet as needed before transporting your pet to the hospital for professional care.
Elaine Acker, CEO of Pets America, demonstrates the proper technique for performing CPR on pets.
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