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National Pet First Aid Awareness Month – April 2023

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month is celebrated in April every year. This is a special month dedicated to raising awareness among pet parents and animal lovers about pet injuries and providing emergency care in case of injuries. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you find yourself in a situation where you are far from the nearest vet’s office and, unfortunately, your pet gets injured? It is always a good idea to see your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or injured, but in cases like the one mentioned above, you may need to give your furry friend first aid before taking it to the vet.

History of National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

You never know the importance of learning pet first aid unless you are in a place far away from a vet’s clinic. You are out camping, boating, or hiking — or you happen to live on a farm or ranch, where the nearest pet clinic is miles away. These times can become really crucial, and you may need to do your best to help your sick or hurt pets, at least before proper care arrives or becomes within reach.

One of the most important things that all pet parents need to understand is that prevention is the best medicine. While you cannot monitor your pets 24/7 or prevent accidents from happening to them, you can take steps to reduce the dangers and risks your pet faces every day. The first thing you can do to prevent pet accidents is to become conscious of household items that could cause choking, injuries, sickness, or accidental poisoning to the animals. You also need to have your pet’s first-aid kit stocked and ready, just in case.

Accidents happen, and that is inevitable. But giving importance to the National Pet First Aid Awareness Month and knowing how to handle emergencies can save your pet. Thus, even if you spend most of your time at home with your pet and live near a vet, you should still always prepare for a scenario where you are required to attend to an emergency related to your pet. This small task can be what saves your pet’s life.

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month timeline

13000 B.C.
The Domestication of Dogs

Ancient humans begin to domesticate dogs.

1866
The Animal Advocacy Organization is Formed

The ‘American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals’ is established to ensure that animals are treated humanely and with care.

1991
The Birth of Humane Society International

The international division of the Humane Society of the U.S. is established.

2000s
The Change in Attitude Towards Pets

People across the world start to view pets as important members of their family.

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month FAQs

What are some of the pet first-aid tips for owners?

Have emergency contact numbers handy, prevent accidents, get trained on pet first-aid, have a first-aid kit, and act immediately.

What to do when a pet emergency occurs?

Secure the accident area and remove any physical threats, compress any bleeding, start C.P.R., call emergency numbers, drive to the nearest vet clinic, and remain calm.

What should I have in my pet first aid kit?

Some of the must-haves in your pet first aid kit are antibiotic ointment, pet-specific bandages, gauze, scissors, thermometer, saline, tweezers, slip leash, and muzzle.

How to Observe National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

  1. Take a pet first aid course

    Take a pet first aid course organized in your area. It will be available in your vet clinic, pet shop, and local humane societies.

  2. Make a pet first aid kit

    If you don’t have a pet first aid kit it's time to get one done. Make your pet first aid kit with bandages, scissors, gauze pads, sterile saline wash, gloves, and cotton balls today.

  3. Share your story

    Not many people know how to perform first aid to pets. So, if you have this experience or if you work at a pet clinic, share this information with the world via social media.

5 Facts About Pet First Aid

  1. It reduces your pets’ anxiety

    Reducing your pet’s anxiety is crucial to its development, mental, and physical well-being.

  2. Be wary of bones and sticks

    Bones can get lodged in or across the roof of a dog’s mouth, so be wary of sticks and bones.

  3. Burns require immediate treatment

    Aloe vera is a great first aid that you can use on burns suffered by your pet.

  4. Act immediately on dog bites

    If your dog is bitten by another dog, visit a vet clinic immediately and have it checked.

  5. A dark room helps with fits

    If your dog has a fit, move hard objects around him and darken the room.

Why National Pet First Aid Awareness Month is Important

  1. It’s about saving pet lives

    National Pet First Aid Awareness Month doesn’t just raise awareness about pet care and pet first aid. It also empowers us with the skills needed to save pet lives in health emergencies.

  2. We need a holiday such as this

    In today’s world where people have more than one pet in their households, useful and awareness-creating holidays like National Pet First Aid Awareness Month are much-needed. People get to learn how to solve such everyday domestic problems as administering first aid treatment to their pets.

  3. It leads to healthier pets

    Knowing how to give first aid to your pets guarantees better health for them. It also reduces the risk of losing your pet friend to sickness.

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