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April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

by LifeLearn in Pet Health on 08 April, 2013

The American Red Cross has declared April as Pet First Aid Awareness month to make sure pet owners are up-to-date on pet safety and what to do in an emergency.

With warm weather just around the corner, it’s important to think about these pet safety concerns:

  • When you’re opening a window or door to enjoy the fresh air, be mindful that animals are known to get excited when they see a chance to get outside, and they may try to leap out and frolic in the open air. This can lead to injuries from jumping out a window or running into the street, or munching on poisonous plants that are finally sprouting after the long winter. Be careful to keep your pet safely contained in the yard or on a leash when outside!
  • This is the time when car interiors begin to get very hot, very quickly, and sadly many pets suffer from heat stroke when they’re stuck in a hot, stuffy car for even just a few minutes. Please, never leave a pet alone in your car.
  • This year’s heavy snows may bring floods and other weather hazards to many areas of North America. For this reason, you’ll want to have a pet first aid kit on hand at all times, which may include a leash and/or carrier, food, water, bowls, can opener, medications, medical records and a photo of your pet. Also be sure your pet is current on all vaccinations, and your ID/microchip contact information is correct.

Talk with your veterinarian to make sure you have everything you need for your pet in case of an emergency or first aid concern. And of course, keep the vet’s contact information with you at all times so you can quickly reach the practice if needed.

The American Red Cross has created a helpful Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist to help you remain prepared for any pet hazard. You’ll find this sheet online at this link:



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  • Written by: LifeLearn / MyPetED.com
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