PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH:::
April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month and the SCAN FOUNDATION offers ANTI RABIES VACCINE CAMP and tips to the millions of pet owners as a way to keep their animals safe and healthy, especially as warm weather approaches.
One of the most common problems pets face in the warmer weather is heat stroke. This is because they are not yet acclimated to the warm temperatures. Some signs of heat stroke include heavy panting and being unable to calm down, even when lying down. The petís gum color may be brick red, their pulse rate may be fast, or they may not be able to get up. If someone suspects their pet has heat stroke, take the petís temperature rectally. If the temperature is above 105 degrees Fahrenheit, cool the animal down. The easiest way to do this is by using the water hose. Stop cooling the animal when the temperature reaches 103 degrees. Bring the pet to the veterinarian immediately as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage.
Pet owners should not leave their furry friends in a closed area, even for short trips. This can quickly lead to heatstroke.
At this time of year, windows and doors in the home are more likely to be open. Pet owners should know that animals may try to get outside which increases the risk of trauma from jumping or falling from windows or being hit by vehicles. If someone thinks their animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, they should contact their veterinarian.
Pet owners can follow these important steps to help keep their pet healthy:
Give pets plenty of exercise
Make sure pets have plenty of fresh, cool water
Make sure pets get regular yearly checkups with their veterinarian, and are up to date on vaccines, especially rabies
Get pets spayed or neutered
Keep dogs on leashes outside Ė another animal may be too much temptation
Donít forget to include pets in emergency plans as well:
Plan to take pets along if ordered to evacuate.
Know which friends, relatives, hotels, boarding facilities accept pets in an emergency.
Assemble a portable kit with emergency supplies for pets:
Leashes, harnesses and/or carriers
Food, drinking water, bowls
Medications and copies of medical records
Current photos of the pets
The SCAN FOUNDATION hopes pets and their owners have a great spring and summer and points out that Pet First Aid Awareness Month is a perfect time to learn how to protect the family pet from hazards.