Summer First Aid Tips for Your Furry Friend

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Spring is in full swing and summer is almost upon us! You know what that means – lots of opportunities for fun in the sun with your pup. Whether you love hiking the scenic route with your best friend by your side or strolling the beach while your pup plays in the waves, there are so many sunny memories waiting to be made!

harry-burk-470051-unsplashAlong with your new adventures comes new dangers to your pup’s health, however. We know it’s all fun and games until your furry friend gets into trouble. But don’t cancel your plans just yet! Get up to date on your first aid and then go enjoy the great outdoors knowing your pet is safe.

Packing Your First Aid Kit

Every pet first aid kit should contain the basics, including gauze, cloth, adhesive tape, activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide, digital thermometer, large eye dropper, your pet’s medical records, and your vet’s contact information. You can purchase a pre-packed First Aid Kit and then add exactly what your pet need to customize your first aid experience.

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Watching for Heat Stroke

Pets are susceptible to heat stroke in as low as 75 degree weather. Especially on your first few excursions into the great outdoors after the cold winter months, monitor your pup for signs like hard panting, red gums, vomiting, diarrhea, and collapsing. Carry a Digital Thermometer in your first aid kit to check your pup’s temperature when needed. If you think your dog is having heat stroke, cool him down in the shade and with water immediately, and then visit your vet.

Preventing Water Accidents

Oceans and rivers can be as dangerous for your pet as they are fun. The first step to preventing water accidents is knowing whether or not your dog is a good swimmer, and constantly monitoring them while at the water. Also keep in mind that natural bodies of water have much stronger currents and pulls than backyard pools. Using a Life Jacket is always a safe and good idea. Even if your dog is a pro in the water, it’s a good idea to learn Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation (CPR) just to be on the safe side.

Have any first aid tips to add? Let us know in the comments! Happy summer adventuring with your best furry friend!

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