September 18, 2016 | Erin | 10 Comments Are you prepared for a pet emergency? Would you know what to do if your pet ingested a toxic chemical, or if they suffered a fracture or a seizure? What if they got burned or were not breathing, would you be ready to render first aid? Knowledge of what to do is critical in helping your pet until they are able to be treated by a veterinarian. Safe For Your Pet is all about keeping your pet safe, so just how do you know if you are prepared for an emergency? What is considered an emergency? Pet Emergencies If any of the following is happening to your pet, you should consider it an emergency and be ready to take action. Been hit by a car Ingested a poisonous substance Is having a seizure Is having trouble urinating Is having difficulty breathing Has excessive diarrhea, vomiting or bleeding Animal bites Heatstroke Choking The American Red Cross offers, at many locations across the U.S, training in pet first aid and CPR. This education can teach you how to handle a pet emergency so you know what to do to help a pet until they can receive medical care by a veterinarian. You can visit The American Red Cross online for class offerings in your area. The American Red Cross also suggests that you assemble a pet first aid kit to assist you in the case of an emergency. Always remember that pet emergencies can happen when you are away from home, so make sure your kit is available when you may need it. The following are some items that could be included. Pet First Aid Kit Phone numbers for both your veterinarian and your local animal emergency hospital. It is good to call ahead if you are able as the vet may be able to provide first aid info over the phone Gauze, tape and bandages to cover wounds. Make sure to only include non-stick bandages Elastic bandages that can be used to apply pressure to help stop bleeding Scissors Towels or cloth to clean wounds Leash and muzzle – some pets can become aggressive when they are in pain or when scared. Rectal thermometer and eye dropper Hydrogen peroxide and milk of magnesia – these can both be used to counteract poisoning, but only under direction of a veterinarian Diphenhydramine – this can be used in the case of an allergic reaction, but again only by a vet’s direction The American Red Cross created a Pet First Aid App that is available for iphone or Android phone users. It is a great app that I recommend all pet owners download. It has a lot of info on the emergencies discussed here, instruction on CPR, a place to store contact info for you vet and your pets records. It is for both dogs and cats and it even has quizzes so that you may make sure that your knowledge is up to date!