If you share a home with a dog or cat, chances are you have experienced a health crisis with them. Because every minute counts, there are some common emergency tips to help stabilize your pet before you can get to an animal emergency room.
Be Prepared: Build a portable first aid kit or box for home and travel including gauze, bandages, towels, thermometer, eye dropper, and leash. Create a medical history card with phone numbers for your vet, emergency hospital, and poison control hotline. Add your pet’s medical history including recent vaccines, heartworm status, recent surgeries, and any medications including dose and frequency.
Trauma: Always approach your pet with caution if they have an injury, are sick, or in pain. If your pet is bleeding, place a bandage to slow blood loss, apply pressure, and minimize contamination of the wound. Do not remove any penetrating objects.
Seizures: If you believe your pet is having a seizure, you should block off stairs and move potentially dangerous objects from the path of the pet. Do not try to hold them down. Seek vet help immediately as even 1 seizure is dangerous and can lead to more.
Toxicities: If you believe your pet has been exposed to substances which can be life threatening, call poison control. There is a charge to call, but each service houses a database of thousands of toxins including clinical signs and treatment recommendations. If toxins were ingested, vomiting should be induced ONLY if ingestion was witnessed and should be induced with hydrogen peroxide (1-2 teaspoons for every 10 pounds). For dermal exposure, bathe with mild soap and wear gloves.
Burns and Smoke Inhalation: Burns are very painful and often very difficult to detect on a pet unless […]