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Posted on 04-03-2017

In April, the American Red Cross celebrates Pet First Aid Awareness month. We believe that pets are not things we own but instead are members of the family. When pets start looking ill it is a truly terrifying time. Here are some basic pet first aid tips to try and make these experiences a little less scary.

If you are afraid that your cat or dog is dehydrated, simply pull up on the skin between the shoulder blades. If the skin springs right back your pet is likely not dehydrated. If the skin stays tented, however, your animal may be dehydrated.

If you're afraid that your pet might be suffering from poisoning, here are some signs to watch out for: bleeding, dilated pupils, drooling or foaming at the mouth, seizures, and other changes to their mental state or behavior. If your animal has a seizure make sure they are in a safe place, do not restrain them, and keep your hands away from their mouth.

Signs of heat strokes and heat exhaustion include your pet collapsing, having bloody diarrhea, vomiting, wobbliness, excessive panting or difficulty breathing, and increased salivation.

If your pet is bleeding, apply direct pressure with gauze over the bleeding site. Keep applying pressure until you can reach the veterinary hospital.

If all else fails, please call us! We are always happy to help you and your pet. We know a sick pet can be truly terrifying and we aim to make you both feel better.

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