April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

What if your pet had an accident or an emergency? Would you know what to do?

You can handle an emergency situation much faster and more appropriately if you have an animal first aid kit and a list of important phone numbers easily acces­sible, says Emily Pointer, DVM, of the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. This should include the number of your local vet, an emergency vet clinic, and 1-888-4ANI-HELP, the animal poison control center.

If you need to wrap a wound or control bleeding, you can use the gauze, bandages, and tape found in a standard first aid kit. Milk of magnesia can absorb poison in pets or hydrogen peroxide can induce vomiting to expel poison from the system—but check with your vet before you employ either of these measures.