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First Aid and Emergency Awareness
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Girl bandaging up her dogApril is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. How familiar are you with some common pet first aid and emergency procedures? Test your knowledge by taking the following true or false quiz.
  1. You need to contact your veterinarian even if your puppy seems fine after getting a shock from chewing on an electrical cord.

  2. If your ferret with an insulinoma develops hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), she will act depressed, lethargic, and weak. You should give a meal or corn syrup and call your veterinarian.

  3. If you experience a power outage, don't feed your fish.

  4. Whenever a bird is attacked by an animal, it should be taken to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

  5. Mothballs can be toxic to animals.

  6. If a male cat continually licks his genital area, it could be due to a urinary obstruction and he should be examined by a veterinarian immediately.

  7. Fireflies can be toxic to herps.

  8. If your small pet is straining continually, but unable to produce feces, call your veterinarian immediately.

  9. Large numbers of leaves in a pond can rapidly raise ammonia/nitrites to toxic levels for fish, and should be removed.

  10. Bloat in dogs is an extreme emergency. If your dog appears bloated, seek veterinary attention immediately.

  11. To give a cat oral medication, it is sometimes helpful to wrap the cat in a blanket or very large towel so just her head is sticking out.

  12. If your pet has had an encounter with a porcupine and has more than several quills, quills in the mouth, or one has broken off under the skin, seek veterinary attention immediately.


True or False answers


0-3 Disaster!
4-6 Emergency
7-10 Need a Refresher
11-12 CPR (Carefully Prepared Responder)

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