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Do you have a pet first-aid kit?

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Accidents happen to everyone, including our pets. It’s important to keep a pet first-aid kit in your home in case of emergency.

Not every accident requires the same attention, but your kit should have basic items to help you stabilize your pet until you get to the veterinarian’s office. Staples include:

– Absorbent gauze pads and bandages to help control bleeding.

– Oral syringe to administer medications or flush wounds if needed.

– Milk of magnesia or activated charcoal to absorb poison.

Always contact your vet or local emergency clinic to get guidance on how to handle emergencies if you are unsure.

Dr. Amber Sherry, SPCA Tampa Bay Veterinary Center

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