We are all afraid that our pet may be injured or get sick, but in fact, all pet owners at least once in a lifetime faced with this.
However, when confronted with an emergency, you can easy to lose your head. It’s very important to stay calm and not panic and if you have an action plan in case injury or illness of your pet, you can much easier follow him.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for pet emergency as well basic first aid tips.
- Plan. Keep your vet’s contact information always near, for example, in the phone’s memory, on the refrigerator, or nearby with a home phone. Also keep at least one backup phone number of another veterinarian in case your permanent the vet will be unavailable. If you take your pet on vacation or go out with him for a walk, then be sure to remember to take all necessary contacts.
- Carry a plan with you if you need to transport the injured animal to veterinary care. Do you have a car, or will you need to call a taxi? Check which local companies will be able to transport your pet. Make sure that you have everything you need for transportation, namely, carrying for a cat, a collar for a dog, etc.
- In the event of an emergency involving your pet, make sure that you keep yourself in control all the time. You cannot help your pets if you’re very worried. Make sure that everything what caused harm to your pet will not harm you either. it there may be sharp objects, other animals, electricity or poison, and make sure you can perceive the situation calmly.
- Remember that a wounded pet is likely to defend itself, and, maybe even pounce on people. It happens to even the most faithful animals, so you might need to change your approach to it. It is likely that you will also have to wear muzzle the dog or restrict the movement of his cat. Also you may have to come to terms with something you cannot relieve Pet pain until you show it to the vet.
- Never, under any circumstances, try to treat pet with human drugs. So you can do the situation is even worse. Never give any pills to your your pet without the prior approval of your veterinarian.
Frequent emergencies requiring emergency first aid
Symptoms of poisoning your dog or cat early there may be acute vomiting and nausea, increased salivation, diarrhea, general disorientation and miserable appearance. As the progression of poisoning, the pet may begin to cry blood, palpitations, loss of strength and fainting.
If you suspect that your pet is poisoned, then the first thing what needs to be done is to remove the source of poisoning. Immediately consult your veterinarian and explain the situation. Bring to the vet a substance that could become a source of poisoning. Do not call vomit and do not give water or milk to your pet, do not nothing without the approval of a veterinarian.
Heart and breathing problems
The animal’s heart may suddenly stop after an injury or accident, or even as a result of shock.
If this happens, it is very important to massage immediately. hearts and artificial respiration, or immediately contact veterinary surgery.
To perform a heart massage, place the base of the palm of your hand on the sternum of the pet in the region of the heart (left). Place the other hand top and push, but not too much. Pressure force with which you must put pressure on the chest, depending on the size of the pet. For a small pet may have a massage two fingers are enough.
To make the dog artificial respiration, put it on side, and stretch his neck as far as possible. Pull out his tongue ahead and check for any obstructions. Close tight pet mouth and inhale air through the nostrils of the animal for 2-3 seconds. You should see the lungs inflate if they don’t inflate, then make sure that the air does not exit through the mouth.
If you do not feel the heartbeat in the animal, do 6 times indirect heart massage (approximately once per second) and then one times artificial respiration. Repeat the procedure until the animal will not begin to breathe, or until the veterinarian advises stay.
If your pet has a heartbeat but stops breathing, do artificial respiration several times for 2 to 3 seconds, until the animal will not begin to breathe without assistance, or until you advise to stop.
Wounds and bleeding
If your pet has been bitten, pricked or cut, then rather In total, he will need veterinary care, as well as suturing. The first thing you should do in this situation is to stop bleeding, or at least reduce it so much as much as possible. Raise the injured area above heart level (if possible) and tightly wound with a tight dressings that you will find in your medicine cabinet.
It is also important to try to keep the wound clean and safe for infections, but first and foremost, is to minimize blood loss. As soon as the animal can move, show it to the veterinarian. Remember that your pet may suffer from shock, so try to treat him calmly, speak softly and soothing to minimize additional stress.
fractures and sprains
If your pet has broken or dislocated a limb, you are little can make it at home for him. You must show as quickly as possible its to your vet. The animal will not step on a broken leg, don’t try to get him to do this.
Fractures, dislocations and sprains are extremely painful. You should avoid touching injured areas to avoid intensification of pain, as well as for your own safety, as an injured animal may attack you. Try to minimize movement and keep the cat in its carrying while dog on a safe leash with a muzzle until you show them to the vet.