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How to Handle Pet Health Emergencies

Pet First Aid 101

Learning standard first-aid skills means you'll be able to help your pet when a crisis arises. Here are the essentials.

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John Ueland

  • You should know how to slow down bleeding by applying direct force to basic pressure points, and how to bandage an injured limb. Learn what you need to do for an injury at avma.org/firstaid/procedures.asp.
  • Familiarize yourself with which foods, plants, and household items are dangerous if ingested and the symptoms they cause. Go to aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control for a list.
  • Visit pettech.net to find animal first-aid courses offered in your neighborhood or check with your local Red Cross chapter.