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April is Pet First Aid Month

Posted by Annette Filecci
Annette Filecci
Hi, my name is Annette Filecci. I am a Miami native, one of the few! I have been pet-sitting in the Hollywood ...
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on Wednesday, 30 March 2011
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Do you know what to do if your pets get hurt? When your fur baby is unexpectedly injured, knowing (and having practiced!) some first aid basics can help stabilize them until you can reach your veterinarian. Do not take this lightly: quick and proper administration of first aid can even save your precious pet’s life. You can purchase various kits here* to help ensure you are prepared in such an emergency. Also, here in South Florida, you can visit this website* to learn about signing up for Pet First Aid and other CPR classes.

Above all, DON’T PANIC! When you have a pet emergency, it is important to be calm. You must be levelheaded and in control to evaluate the situation appropriately and relay this information to the veterinarian clearly so that he/she can help you.

If your pet exhibits any of the following signs, seek immediate veterinary attention:
Abnormal heart rate (too high or too low)
Apparent pain
Apparent difficulty breathing
Collapse of any sort
Dilated pupils
Diminished appetite or complete loss of appetite
Lethargy/weakness or otherwise lacking energy
Paleness of the gums
Unusual amount of restlessness and panting
(for some breeds restlessness/panting are normal)
Unproductive retching

Please note that this list can not possibly cover all symptoms your furry kids may have. If you suspect any sort of medical distress whatsoever, contact your veterinarian without delay.

Handle with Care Even the friendliest pets will often bite or scratch you when they are in pain. Do not put a muzzle on your dog if he is unconscious, appears to have difficulty breathing, has been vomiting or has an injury involving the mouth (or other parts of the head which a muzzle would irritate). One should never put a muzzle on a cat, simply bundle your cat in a towel and place them both in a secure carrier.

If your fur baby is bleeding from an external wound, perform the appropriate first aid and then immediately take the injured animal to your nearest veterinary hospital. As you would with a human injury, do your best to elevate the affected area. Tightly bandage the wound, securing the gauze with masking tape or duct tape if you don’t have medical tape. If you have no tape at all, tie it as best you can.

Household chemicals, human food (especially grapes!), and even medications left within their reach can all pose poisoning hazards to your precious furry children. If you ever suspect that your pet has consumed something dangerous, call the Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) right away!

*Lucky Dogs is in no way affiliated with the linked sites, and bears no responsibility for the quality of the products each website offers

Hi, my name is Annette Filecci. I am a Miami native, one of the few! I have been pet-sitting in the Hollywood and Hallandale area for the past several years now, and I couldn't think of a better job for me. I love animals and have almost always had a pet around, from birds to fish to dogs, cats - even worms and snails - so I am very experienced with all kinds of pets!

I am married with three children and we have lived in East Hollywood for the past decade.

For more information about our services please click here. We are insured and bonded, and have references, as well as many happy clients.

Annette Filecci


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