Taking care of us pups is a big responsibility. Just ask my Mum! There have been times when I have been so glad that my Mum knew what do to in an emergency. And we've had some friends that had some emergencies of their own.
From Gracie eating something that she shouldn't, to our good friend Tish helping her pup live through a very scary choking incident, to pup friends with cut pads, to me getting stung on the nose by a bee, and much more - we knew what to do because we boned up on some basic first aid techniques. And we encourage every pup owner to learn what to do in an emergency!
Here are some resources you'll want to keep on hand, read and study:
- Take a pet first aid course from the American Red Cross - find a class near you! And be sure to learn CPR for your pup!
- Keep this number handy - (888) 426-4435 - it's the Animal Poison Control Center hotline from the ASPCA!
- Have a doggie first aid kit handy - and put one in your car! Here's a great link to contents for the kit to make your own.
- Protect Your Pet from Common Household Dangers
- Learn about foods and plants that are harmful!
- Have an emergency preparedness plan and kit!
- Post your pup's vet and emergency vet on your refrigerator or near your phone and keep it handy!
- Organize your pup's medical records and keep them handy!
- Read up on some of the basic and more common emergencies for dogs and what you need to do!
- Get a pet first aid book and keep it close by!
- Visit JohannTheDog.com's First Aid section for lots of items to help your pup!