April - Pet First Aid Awareness Month
When your pet has an emergency, being prepared is very important. We recommend having the following supplies on hand should you need to use them: thermometer , bandaging material, Benedryl (either Children’s liquid or Adult tablets depending on pet’s size), and flour or corn starch (to stop bleeding for nails cut too short).
Here are some quick tips:
Wounds- Check wound for debris and clean the wound with saline (avoid irritants like hydrogen peroxide) or water. Wrap large open wounds to keep clean. If wound is actively bleeding, apply pressure until the bleeding stops. Avoid wrapping the wound too tight as it may cut off circulation.
Burns- Burns can be from chemical, electrical, or heat sources. Flush the burn immediately with cool, running water. Wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for 15 minutes. Immediately contact us.
Bee stings/insect bites- Your pet may suddenly become very itchy, develop hives, or have facial swelling. If you can see the stinger, carefully remove it with tweezers. Apply a cool compress to the area. Some dogs can have severe reactions so contact us immediately!
Heatstroke- Symptoms include rapid breathing, vomiting, high body temperature, and even collapsing. Gently soak the animal in cool water and wrap it with a cool, wet towel. Avoid overcooling the pet. Call us immediately. *If you have a brachiocephalic dog (short-nosed) such as a Boxer, Pug, or other breeds, use extreme caution in heat. These dogs are more prone to heatstroke because their nasal passages are smaller and it is more difficult for them to circulate sufficient air for cooling.
Fractures- Fractures are extremely painful so please use caution when handling your pet if a fracture is suspected. Do not try to set the fracture by pulling or tugging on the limb.
Poisoning- If you know what the pet ingested, record what it was, when it happened and exactly how much your pet ingested. Do not induce vomiting. In case of chemicals on the skin, request directions on if and how to wash off. Do not wait – contact us immediately!
Seizures- Move your pet away from any objects that could be harmful. Use a blanket for padding and protection if needed. Do not try to restrain your pet during a seizure. Record the length of the seizure and what your pet did during it (twitching, urination, defecation, drooling, loss of consciousness) and how your pet reacted after the seizure. Afterward, please keep your pet calm and quiet and call us.