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Posted on 04-07-2016

It's Pet First Aid Awareness Month!

Cat at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic being examined for first aid month

Did you know that April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month? What better time of the year for Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic to remind you of these three safety tips when it comes to your pet.

Be Aware of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke does not just affect humans, it affects animals too, including dogs and cats. In fact, it's one of the most common frequent complications faced by pets as the temperatures get warmer. Some heat stroke symptoms include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Fast pulse rate
  • Dark red gums
  • Difficulty getting up

If your animal is experiencing any of these symptoms, try to cool the cat or dog down by dousing them with cool water. After that, take them to the veterinarian. Heat stroke is serious and could cause organ damage and even death.

Be Aware of Certain Poisons to Your Pet

Dogs and cats can be known to ingest things they aren't supposed to. Some of the most common toxins for pets include:

  • Human medications
  • Rodenticides
  • Household plants
  • Antifreeze

Common signs your pet has been poisoned include: vomiting, excessive drooling, and having a seizure. Being aware of these symptoms and poisonous substances will help you avoid a life and death situation for your pet. If you do suspect your pet got into something they weren't supposed to, contact your veterinarian right away. 

Be Aware of Open Doors and Windows

Open windows, especially ones that are high off the ground, can be especially dangerous for your pet. Both dogs and cats can get injured by falling out of a window. Ensure that windows are always either closed or have a screen attached. Open doors can cause pets to get outside without a leash, increasing the chances of getting hit by a car.  Being aware of your pet's location every time the door opens will help keep them safe.

If any of these pet emergencies happen contact your Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic at 770-479-1905. We are located at 2460 Ball Ground Hwy in Canton, Georgia. We offer emergency services along with surgery, diagnostic services, and many others.

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