Small Dog First Aid and Know How to Respond to Emergencies
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If the American
Red Cross chapter in your community offers its pet first aid course, please
take it. It's excellent and a nominal cost. Click below to see if it's
offered where you live: http://www.redcross.org/services/hss/courses/pfachapter.html
Tech is a private company that offers a similar course. It's
taught more frequently and at more locations than the Red Cross one but
it costs significantly more.
I do think it's worth it to take at least one of these courses.
If your dog
has been poisoned or swallowed something he shouldn't, don't waste time.
Contact your vet's office or call the ASPC poison hotline: 1-888-426-4435.
There is a fee but it's available 24/7 and staffed by actual veterinarians.
the article on How
to take a small dog's temperature
From the American Red Cross, this is a book and DVD with dog specific
first aid treatment for almost 70 emergencies including
topics related to dog care; e.g.,
spay/neuter your dog.
The book is spiral bound and has lots of color photographs. I
can't think of any emergency that isn't covered.
is a DVD that shows you techniques, but it would be most helpful
after you've taken a class and need a refresher. Don't
let an emergency be the first time to look at the DVD!
approximately $12, this is something no dog owner should be without.
Red Cross now offers a 99-cent app for your smartphones with for
25 emergency situations including heart and respiratory emergencies
in addition to the too-common poisioning.
also has a locator for the nearest accredited veterinary hospital,
very handy when you're traveling wtih your dog.
it here: Red
Cross App for iPhone, Android and Kindle
a short video on how the ap works.
Pet First Aid Kit, Large, 51-Piece
this kit because I felt the AKC (American Kennel Club) one would
be designed for dogs and have all the essential needs. I'm satisfied
on both counts.
kits I looked at were all-pet kits that lacked many of the AKC items
or had things I didn't want (nothing against cats!).
liked that this one serves well for routine problems such as removing
ticks and for major emergencies such as a hurricanes (I live on
Texas coast). If you can afford it, consider keeping one kit in
your car and one at home.
the 51 items are:
Waterproof emergency ID tag and information card
foil emergency blanket
with attached magnifying glass
pair medical grade vinyl gloves
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