Pet First Aid Asheville NC
Avery Creek Pet Hospital is proud to be part of the south Asheville area. Our area has everything residents need to enjoy life in the mountains. From world-class restaurants and art to a multitude of shopping opportunities, our city has all the modern amenities of a much larger metropolitan area. The best part of our area, however, is the majestic beauty of the nature surrounding us. If you are a pet owner, there is so much to explore with your furry friends. As winter turns to spring, and people want to get out of their homes to enjoy the great outdoors, it is important to practice pet safety and be ready to perform first aid.
How to Prepare for Pet First Aid Asheville NC
When your pet gets injured, it’s helpful to know when to recognize a serious medical issue. First aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, but quick thinking and staying calm may save your pet's life until they receive treatment from a veterinarian.
Whether you are at home or hiking one of the many trails in our area, it is important to know what to do if your pet gets injured. Some of the ways a dog or pet much get hurt include:
- Hurting a paw or leg while running
- A tussle with another animal, such as a dog, raccoon, or squirrel
- Bitten by a snake
- Caught in a thicket of briars
At your home and out in nature, it is important to have a first aid kit stocked with the items that can help your pet when they are in trouble. Items should include:
- Your pet's general information, medication info and vaccine records
- Your veterinarian’s contact information
- Emergency hospital information
- Spare leash and collar
- Muzzle or Tie Gauze
- Large towel or blanket – This can be used as a make-shift stretcher, to cover wounds, to cover your car seats or to provide insulation if a pet is cold or hypothermic
- Digital thermometer
- Nonstick gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Hydrogen peroxide – Do not use this to clean wounds! It's abrasive to healthy tissue. It can be used to induce vomiting if your pet ingested something toxic. Call and ask your vet if this is recommended and they should tell you how much to give.
- Benadryl 25mg tablets - Call your vet first before administering.
- Saline or contact rinse
- Latex gloves
One of the most important steps you can take to ensure the safety and health of your pet is to bring them to their veterinarian for routine wellness checkups. For more information about Avery Creek Pet Hospital, or to schedule a visit, contact us today.