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12:14 PM, Apr 20, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) -- We know the importance of first aid for humans.  It is just as important to know what to do if your pet gets hurt.

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month.  Dr. Steven Schwartz with the Humane Society of Missouri joined Art Holliday to talk about ways to keep your pet safe.

He brought along Molly, an Australian shepard mix, who is available for adoption along with her siblings at the Humane Society's Macklind Avenue location.

When it comes to disaster preparedness, don't forget your pet.  Make sure pets are part of your plans to seek shelter.  Make an emergency supply kit for your pet, including:

  • Leashes and/or harnesses
  • Food and drinking water
  • Medications and copies of medical records
  • Current photos

Also, be sure to create a list of places and people that might take in pets during emergency situations.

Even if the temperatures are mild, cars can be dangerous places for pets.  When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 120 degress in minutes.  If you see a distressed animal in an unattended car, call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Abuse Hotline at 314-647-4400.

The Humane Society of Missouri has three nationally accredited veterinary medical centers that are open to the public - in St. Louis City, the Westport Area and Chesterfield Valley. For an appointment call 314-951-1534 or visit the website hsmo.org.

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