FIRST AID TIPS

Animal Bite

If your dog or cat has a bite, do not bandage the wound. Shave or trim the hair around the wound. Use clean water or a saline wash to flush the blood from the wound, and let it drain until bleeding stops. If the bleeding persists, cover the wound with a sterile cloth and apply firm pressure, repeating as needed. If possible, wear latex gloves the whole time to avoid infection. If the blood is bright red and keeps coming in spurts, it is arterial bleeding-and life-threatening. See a vet immediately. Deep wounds might also require immediate stitches at the vet.

Bee Sting

Scrape the stinger off with a dull knife or other object without pinching the area. If the area around the sting is swollen, apply cortisone cream and then an ice pack. Next give the animal an antihistamine, but only 1 milligram for each pound of the pet’s weight. If your pet has trouble breathing or experiences swelling, get to the vet (allergic reaction).

Swallowing Dangerous Objects

If your pets eat chocolate or another food that can cause internal problems, you can use hydrogen peroxide or a teaspoon of salt to induce vomiting.

Poisoning

If the animal ingests poison-such as household cleaner, battery acid, or nail polish- do not induce vomiting. Find out what he/she ate and call the Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 (small fee applies)

Choking

Open your pet’s mouth, gently pull the tongue forward and examine the throat. If you see the item causing the choking, use a tweezers to remove it.

CPR

If your pet isn’t breathing, and removing the obstruction doesn’t work or isn’t possible, you’ll need to perform CPR. Make sure your pet’s windpipe is clear, then hold the tongue out of its mouth and gently close the jaws. Holding the jaws closed, breathe 6 times into both nostrils. If that doesn’t work, continue artificial breathing with 12 breaths per minute for large animals (over 60 pounds), and 30 for smaller than 10 pounds. CPR course recommended beforehand.

Burns

Immediately run cold water over the burn . For chemical burns, brush off any dry chemicals before using water. Then wrap an ice pack in a shirt or towel and apply it to the burn for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea has a number of causes, and it’s important to find out which is at play. First, withhold food (not water) for between 12 and 24 hours. Then provide bland food, easing the animal back to its regular diet as the stool returns to normal. Call your vet if the diarrhea contains blood or lasts more than a day, as it could be a sign of infection.

POISONOUS PLANTS & HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS

Plants

Amaryllis Daffodil Bulbs Jasmine Berries Oleander
Andromed Daphne Jerusalem Cherry Peach Leaves & Pits
Apple Seeds Delphinium Jimson Weed Philodendron
Arrow Grass Dieffenbachia Laburnum Poison Ivy
Avocado Seeds Dumb Cane Larkspur Rhododendron
Azalea Elderberry Laurel Rhubarb
Bittersweet Elephant Ear Lilies (Easter) Snow on the Mtn
Boxwood English Ivy Locoweed Stinging Nettle
Buttercup Foxglove Marigold Toadstool
Caladium Hemlock Marijuana Tobacco
Castor Bean Holly Mistletoe Berries Tulip Bulbs
Chokecherry Hyacinth Bulbs Mushrooms Walnut
Climbing Lily Hydrangea Narcissus Bulbs Wisteria
Crown of Thorns Iris Bulbs Nightshade Yew

Household Products

Acetaminophen Disinfectants Mineral Spirits
Aftershave Drain Cleaner Mothballs Snail & Slug Bait
Antifreeze Dye Nail Polish/Remover Soaps
Aspirin Fungicides Naproxen Suntan Lotion
Bleach Furniture Polish Paint Tar
Boric Acid Gasoline Perm. Solution Toilet Bowl Clnrs.
Brake Fluid Hair Colorings Photo Developer Turpentine
Carburetor Clnr. Herbicides Pool Chemicals Tylenol (Cats)
Cleaning Fluid Insecticides Rat Poison Windsh. Wash Fluid
Deodorants Kerosene Rubbing Alcohol Wood Preserv.
Deodorizers Laxatives Shoe Polish Xylitol (Artif. Sweet)
Detergents Lead Sleeping Pills

Animal Poison Control Center 888-426-4435
Pet Poison Control Center 800-213-6680

($35.00 to $60.00 Fee Applies When Calling Poison Control Center)

POISONOUS FOODS FOR PETS

Alcohol
Apple Core
Avocados
Broccoli
Candy & Gum
Chocolate
Coffee
Fat Trimmings & Bones
Fruit Pits
Grapes & Raisins
Licorice (Black)
Milk & Dairy
Mushrooms
Nuts (Macadamia, Almonds, Walnuts)
Onions, Garlics, & Chives
Persimmons
Peaches
Plums
Raw Eggs, Meat, & Fish
Salt
Sugary Foods
Yeast Dough

Animal Poison Control Center 888-426-4435
Pet Poison Control Center 800-213-6680

($35.00 to $60.00 Fee Applies When Calling Poison Control Center)