Accidents and injuries can happen anytime whether you are running errands or traveling but it never hurts to be prepared therefore we put together useful tips about pet first aid.
Have a pet first aid kit
Some emergencies need immediate action and a first aid kit can help prevent severe damage. Here are the essential items you should have in your pet’s first aid kit:
· Latex or Rubber Gloves
· Tweezers/ Tick tweezers
· Antiseptic Wipes
· Hydrogen peroxide
· Important phone numbers
· A Comfort Item (their favorite toy or blanket)
· Leash, Collar, and poop Bags
· Pet first aid book- The book contains information that will help you deal with different emergency situations.
First Aid Tips:
Minor burns can be treated at home by cleaning the affected area with antiseptic wipes then applying either aloe Vera gel or soothing cream. If your dog suffers a burn from ice, hot water, or chemicals then they should immediately be taken to your vet.
Stings and Insect Bites
If the sting is causing any serious problems then you can try to remove the stinger with a credit card to scrape it out. Do not use tweezers because it might squeeze more venom out of the stinger. To reduce the swelling you can run a cloth under cold water and wrap it around or press it on the stung area.
Cuts and Wounds
Dogs usually get cuts on their feet from running on/through something sharp either broken glass or a rose bush. If this happens clean the affected area with a disinfectant and apply a bandage.
You can prevent your dog from getting a hold of something he shouldn’t by dog-proofing your home. Ensure that they can’t access products like cleaning supplies, alcohol, prescribed medication for people, rodenticide, or insecticides.
Ticks on Dogs
It’s not uncommon for dogs to have ticks/fleas though there are ways you can protect your furry friend against these pests. You can use tick/flea repellent collars, shampoo, drops, and ultrasound. But even if you use these products you should always check your dog after a walk and if you find one use a tweezer, grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible then rotate counter-clockwise and it will slowly come out.
When a dog is exposed to the hot sun or intense heat for a long period of time it can result in heatstroke. If you suspect your dog is having a heatstroke move them to a cool place immediately and begin cooling your dog with cold water with a washcloth. Give them fresh water to drink but not ice-cold because that can cause their blood vessels to tighten. Take them to your veterinarian because examination is recommended.
If your dog is choking and you can see the object, which is causing the obstruction try to remove it gently. If you can’t move the object with your fingers but can see it then call your veterinarian right away.
If the dog is still choking and can’t see anything in their mouth then perform the Heimlich Maneuver:
For SMALL dogs:
Lay your dog on their back and apply pressure to the abdomen right below the rib cage.
For LARGE dogs:
Stand behind the animal and wrap arms around their belly then make a fist with hands. Place fist on the soft spot just below the rib-cage. Thrust-pump UP and FORWARD simultaneously, in a rapid/quick manner. Check for dislodged object and remove it.
Our furry friends are an important part of the family and we want to keep them safe and healthy. By knowing basic information and techniques about first aid can even save their life one day.
What to do in an emergency
When your pet has an emergency it can be hard not to panic. Try to stay calm, assess the situation, give your pet any necessary first aid, and call your vet.