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April 16, 2012

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month and Cardinal Pet Care Encourages Pet Owners to be Prepared for Emergencies 

Cardinal's Remedy & Recovery line features products that should be in every pet's first aid kit.

AZUSA, Calif., April 12, 2012 Accidents happen…even to our pets. Unfortunately, many pet owners are not prepared for emergencies involving their pets, which is why the American Red Cross has named April National Pet First Aid Awareness month – to encourage pet owners to take this time to assemble the products they may need in case the unexpected happens with their four-legged family members.  Determining the right products for their pet’s potential future ailments can be a daunting task, but Cardinal Pet Care helps take away a lot of the guesswork with its Remedy & Recovery line of gentle yet effective remedies for many minor maladies, from cuts and scrapes to diarrhea and ear mites.

Accidental poisonings from common household products are among the most frequent emergency situations involving pets, with over 160,000 calls placed to the ASPCA’s pet poison control hotline in 2010.  Thankfully, most pet first aid does not involve an emergency that requires calling the ASPCA’s hotline, but rather the quick and easy access to a well-stocked pet first aid kit.   Along with the first-aid kit, Cardinal Pet Care recommends that pet owners keep its Remedy & Recovery products on hand so they’re ready for any emergency, no matter how small or large:  

  • Stop Bleeding Styptic Powder for Dogs – this essential pet first aid product stops the bleeding from little nicks and cuts quickly and safely and is ideal to have on hand during nail clippings.
  • Hydrocortisone Lotion – an all-purpose soothing lotion that helps heal skin irritations, wet eczema, and flea bite dermatitis, and relieves itching.
  • Medicated Shampoo – a penetrating therapeutic shampoo that relieves itching, dryness, scaling and other types of dermatitis.  It also kills bacteria and promotes healing.
  • Medicated Antiseptic Spray – helps to soothe minor cuts and scratches, as well as relieves itching and pain from skin irritations such as bug bites.  It also kills germs that can cause infections while protecting and healing skin.
  • Medicated Hot Spot Spray with Lidocaine – the addition of lidocaine offers topical relief from the burning and itching caused by hot spots, flea bites, bug bites or fly eggs.  The Hot Spot Spray also helps reduce swelling from allergic reactions, bites and stings, and other skin irritations.
  • Diarrhea Control – the first diarrhea remedy exclusively for pets that replaces lost electrolytes and prevents dehydration.  It contains kaolin and pectin to help stop diarrhea and loose stools.
  • Wound Lotion – the first of its kind, this gentle, non-stinging formula helps oxygenate the skin to promote healing.
  • Liquid Bandage – a unique, polymer-based liquid that seals out dirt while allowing air to reach the wound and promote healing.  It contains soothing, natural Chamomile & Aloe Vera.
  • Pet Wormer – an ultra-gentle yet effective worming formula for puppies and kittens six weeks of age or older.  This safe, effective and palatable formula contains Piperazine Citrate, which expels roundworm parasites.
  • Ear Mite & Tick Control – this gentle formula is made with Pyrethrin, a natural insecticide derived from the African Chrysanthemum flower that paralyzes the respiratory system of ticks and mites.  It is safe for use with dogs and cats over 12 weeks of age and will not harm them or people.

Cardinal Pet Care suggests purchasing or assembling a pet first aid kit with the following veterinarian-recommended items that, in addition to its Remedy & Recovery products, will help ensure prompt treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.  These items should be kept in a waterproof metal or plastic container and stored in an easily accessible area:

  • Bandages, cotton balls and rubbing alcohol
  • Latex-free gloves and tweezers – gloves help reduce the risk of spreading infection and the tweezers can be helpful for removing ticks.
  • Digital “fever” thermometer – because a pet’s body temperature is higher than a human’s, invest in a separate “fever” thermometer, which tracks higher temperatures than standard versions.  It will be used rectally, so keep it for pet use only.
  • Activated charcoal – is often used to help induce vomiting when a poisonous substance is ingested. However, a veterinarian should be consulted before administering.
  • Benadryl – can help alleviate the swelling and itchiness that sometimes happens with bug bites and bee stings.
  • Clean cloths – old towels and t-shirts are ideal for occasional accidents, the absorption of blood or covering wounds.
  • Thick blanket or a compact emergency blanket – provides warmth and can make transporting an injured pet easier.
  • Emergency phone list and pet’s medical record – should include the phone number of the pet’s regular veterinarian, a nearby emergency veterinarian and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline, 1-888-426-4435.  The phone number of a pet-friendly hotel outside the pet owner’s living area should also be included, in case of an evacuation due to a disaster.
  • Scissors
  • Eye wash
  • Muzzle and leash
  • E-collar

The American Red Cross also has an extensive list of additional pet first aid kit items on its website (http://www.redcross.org/images/pdfs/code/First_Aid_Kit_for_Pets.pdf) and information for pet owners who may also wish to take a class in pet CPR.  Visit the Red Cross website for more information.

Remedy & Recovery is a proud part of Cardinal Pet Care, whose goal is to leave no carbon footprint behind.  The 60-year-old company replaced a variety of power-drawing fixtures with energy-efficient alternatives.  It also replaced the building’s skylights with prismatic units, added sensors that turn off lights when an area is vacated, and installed a “white roof” with 320 American-made solar panels covering 5,440 square feet of roof space.  These changes have reduced the energy load so significantly that Cardinal was able to install air conditioning in the factory and actually gives power back to the city of Azusa.

For more information, contact Cardinal Laboratories at 800-433-7387 or visit http://cardinalpet.com/recovery.html

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