First Aid 101
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

How well are you prepared to offer first aid to your pet? Do you know what common household foods and drugs can be poisonous to pets? Take this true or false quiz to test your knowledge of situations that could harm your pet, and help you to be prepared to provide first aid and/or recognize an emergency.

  1. For toad poisoning in dogs and cats, rinse out the mouth with large amounts of water, then seek veterinary attention.

  2. A bleeding blood feather on a bird should first be treated by applying pressure and a "quick-stop" powder or corn starch.

  3. Animals with heat stroke should be slowly cooled with lukewarm water, not cold water, and receive veterinary attention immediately.

  4. Avocados are toxic to birds.

  5. Grapes can be toxic to dogs.

  6. Azaleas are toxic to herps.

  7. Herps, having problems shedding, should be soaked in lukewarm water.

  8. Aspirin is toxic to cats.

  9. Frequent water changes prevent and treat ammonia and nitrate toxicities in fish.

  10. Copper can be toxic to many invertebrates.

  11. To remove skunk odor, use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid soap.

  12. The National Poison Control Hotline Numbers are:

    • 1-888-4ANI-HELP and
    • 1-900-443-0000


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