October is National Animal Safety and Protection Month. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your pet is protected:
- Make a pet first aid kit. Some potential items to include are: disposable gloves, gauze pads, bandage rolls, a penlight or a flashlight, a rectal thermometer and lubrication, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, styptic powder (this stops broken nails from bleeding), tweezers, and an extra leash. Make sure to regularly check expiration dates on any old products and replace them as needed.
- Know what your plan is in case of an emergency. Keep important phone numbers pertaining to your pet easily accessible. For example, you might want to list My Zoo Animal Hospital’s phone number (573-875-3647), our after hours/emergency number (573-239-1283), the number for the Veterinary Health Center ER (573-882-4589), the Pet Poison Helpline (855-886-7965), and a personal emergency contact.
- Pet-proof your home. Keep toxic chemicals, foods, and plants safely out of reach of your pet. You can read more on this at http://www.myzooanimalhospital.com/pet-poison-prevention-awareness-month.
- Identify your pet. Your dog or cat should always wear a collar that has some sort of identification or way to contact you if they were to get out. Also, microchip your pet and make sure to have the chip scanned occasionally to make sure it is still working correctly.
- Be aware of what is abnormal for your pet. Different pets exhibit signs of pain or discomfort in different ways, and you need to know when to seek treatment from a veterinarian if your pet starts acting differently.
- Keep your pet up to date on their preventative care. This means bringing them in for wellness checks and vaccinations, and keeping up with their (usually monthly) flea, tick, and heartworm treatments. Next time you’re in the clinic, mention this blog and you’ll get a free pair of heart-shaped sunglasses to help remind you!