Pet First Aid


Schuylkill County pet lovers have an upcoming chance to learn about first aid for their pets for free! Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital is sponsoring a seminar on this subject on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm.  Again, it’s free. What can be a better deal than that? Just call 570-622-1098 to reserve your seat. The location is Canine Learning Center, connected to the hospital on Route 61 in Pottsville. The presenter is Diane Buhl, a lifelong animal advocate, deputy coordinator of the Schuylkill County Animal Response Team and manager of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

While waiting for the time of the seminar to come, you may want to gather your own pet first aid kit. There are a number of them available in the marketplace, but you can also make up your own.  The American Animal Hospital Association has this advice:

First Aid Kit Checklist

  • Save your veterinarian’s phone number and emergency veterinary clinic’s phone number in your cell phone address book and keep a hard copy in the kit.
  • Gauze to wrap wounds or muzzle animal.
  • Adhesive tape for bandages.
  • Nonstick bandages (i.e., Telfa pads) to protect wounds or control bleeding.
  • Towels and cloth to clean wounds or to wrap up the pet.
  • Milk of Magnesia or activated charcoal to absorb poison (be sure toget the advice of your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poisoning).
  • Large syringe without needle or eyedropper (to give oral treatments).
  • Muzzle, a basket muzzle is the best option but a cloth muzzle will also work, (soft cloth, rope, necktie or nylon stocking) or use a towel to cover a small animal’s head. Do not use in case of vomiting.
  • Stretcher (a door, board, blanket or floor mat).

The American Animal Hospital Association advises that you contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet is injured or ill. First aid and the recommended first aid kit are not a substitute for veterinary treatment. However, knowing basic first aid could help

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