Monday, June 7, 2010

Dog First Aid and Poison Control Information at your Fingertips

by Carrie Boyko

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First Aid for our dogs is always on my mind when Hurricane season arrives in Florida. I am pleased to announce the addition of a new resource page to All Things Dog Blog: Pet Emergency Resources covers all your bases--poison control information and treatment and first aid resources of all kinds. The national poison control hotlines are included in red to help you find them quickly. In addition, I've included a 3-step triage for your priorities in the Pet Emergency Resources sidebar, so check it out--before you really need it.


Pet Emergency Resources will be available to you, 24/7, in my sidebar. You'll find it located with the picture of Tanner that you see at the top of this post. Just click the picture or one of the links to get quick info.


A few years back, when four of these nasty storms hit Central Florida during one season, our home was clobbered. We lost 8 large pines--two falling on our home--and these stately trees ripped up 40 feet of sidewalk. No matter, though, our whole family was safe, including the critters.


That year I really took preparation seriously, and thank goodness I did. Non perishable food, water, bedding and essentials such as medicines and first aid supplies were set aside in the safest room of the house for all of us--furry companions included. Even Patches' litter box found a corner to reside for that 'just-in-case' experience. Fortunately we did not have any tornadoes, so our bunker was left unused. Better safe than sorry.


Today's post is here to remind you that, although you may not be in the Hurricane zone, each geographic area has its own particular brand of natural disaster to prepare for. Whether it be sinkholes, earth quakes, ice storms or tsunamis, you do need to have a list of necessities ready for the possibility. A first aid kid for your family and your pets is essential to providing emergency care, when a vet is not available or accessible.


And poison control information at your fingertips is critical in those first minutes after a 'no-no' has been consumed. Prevention is key. First, check all your house and yard plants for safety. Make sure all members of the household know that food, chemicals and medicines must always remain out of reach, when not supervised. Many of our favorite foods are poisonous to our pets, even as they are delightful to us. Chocolate is the best example, of course, however there are many more.


Following are a few resource books you may want to consider owning. Pet Emergency Resources may not be available if your power is down. Having one of these on hand could prevent a tragedy--well worth the cost of the book:


Good luck in your quest to be prepared for your region's disaster possibilities.
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3 comments:



Pet Poison Helpline said...

I always recommend pre-programming your cell phone with your vet, your emergency vet, and Pet Poison Helpline (800-213-6680) so you have it ready in case of emergency. Pet Poison Helpline is one of the most cost-effective animal poison control helpline's based out of Minneapolis. You can find more info at www.petpoisonhelpline.com. They are $35 vs. ASPCA's $65.



Carrie Lea said...

Thanks! We'll add you to our resource page. Good to know there are other options that can fit smaller budgets.Thanks for the comment.



Carrie Lea said...

Well, what d'ya know...you're already on our Poison Control List. Glad I didn't miss you.

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