erda-estremera-582075-unsplashProtecting the safety of your dog or cat is a pet owner’s primary responsibility. FCVC knows this isn’t easy in the world we live in. Unlike the dog in our picture, you can’t just wrap them up in a protective bag to keep them safe. Things just happen. However, you can have take preparedness steps so that you are caught totally off-guard. This October, observe National Animal Safety and Protection Month by using these pet safety tips:

Have a pet first aid kit

For minor injuries and illnesses, a pet first aid kit is essential.  You can create your own from human first aid supplies or purchase one online or at a pet supply store.  Every pet first aid kit should have these supplies:

  • Veterinary and emergency clinic contact information
  • Tweezers
  • Disposable gloves
  • Penlight
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Cold / heat packs
  • Leash
  • Gauze
  • Bandage rolls
  • Wound disinfectant
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Doggy CPR

CPR, also known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is generally used when you cannot feel or hear the dog’s heart beating. If the dog stops breathing, his heart will go into cardiac arrest in will no longer beat. It is absolutely crucial to understand that this should be a last resort as it could potentially cause physical damage to your dog’s body. Follow the steps below when performing doggy CPR:

  1. Lay him on a flat surface with his ride side lying against the flat surface.
  2. Cup the palms of your hands and place on palm on the right or left side above the heart.
  3. Compress his chest one-third the width of her chest and count to one; then let go and count to one. You can do this up to 100 compressions in one minute.
  4. Breathe into his mouth once every five compressions.
  5. Continue this process until he begins breathing.

Besides CPR it is also important to know how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a dog.

Pet-proof your home

Keep plants and foods toxic to pets out of paws’ reach. Cleaning supplies and car fluids can also be dangerous.  Puppy-proofing and kitten-proofing your home is essential for pet safety. Tie up curtain hangings and blind pulls to prevent accidental strangulation. Walk through your home and look for any potential pet hazards. Chewable electric cords, low-hanging plants, and cleaning chemicals are all dangerous to pets.

Consider pet insurance

As pet owners, we know you can’t protect your pet from everything – that’s what pet insurance is for.  In honor of National Animal Safety and Protection Month, consider getting pet insurance. With pet insurance, you’ll never have to worry about the costs of unexpected illnesses and injuries.  We can give you information on pet insurance. Give us a call at 970-587-5140 or stop by for a brochure.

Related articles of interest – 4 Steps For Pets Disaster Preparedness, Canine First Aid Kit Essentials, Responsible Dog Ownership Day and Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Attribution – from our friends at PetPremium.com
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