April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month


Any pet can have an unexpected injury or accident. It is important to be prepared before this happens in order to think clearly and act quickly during this stressful time. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, here are some things you need to know:

  1. Your vet’s emergency phone number
  2. The local emergency clinic number
  3. How to get to the emergency clinic
  4. Poison Control number
  5. How to perform basic CPR on your pet
  6. How to stop bleeding/apply a basic pressure wrap
  7. How to muzzle your pet (to keep an injured pet from biting you)
If you have an animal emergency, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic immediately.If you suspect or know that your pet has eaten or been exposed to a toxic substance or product, contact your veterinarian, emergency veterinary clinic, or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center [888-426-4435*] immediately.
* a fee may apply

To obtain a pet first aid supplies checklist go to this site:

The Library’s pets neighborhood has several books about pet first aid, so check these out as well.

Marta Miles

My name is Marta Miles, and I have been a reference librarian at TSCPL for 32 years. I'm a life-long animal lover and owner. I've owned guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, dogs, rabbits, and birds. I currently share my abode with a Bernese Mountain Dog named Boomer and a cockatiel named Piper. Come see me if you have questions about the Pets Neighborhood. You can also contact me if you have questions about books in our Home Neighborhood.

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