In cases of pet emergencies the actions you take in the first few minutes could mean the difference between life and death for your pet.
Do you know how to respond?
Rushing to the aid of a pet struck by a motor vehicle maybe the worst thing you can do. Even if it is your own pet!
Animals that are wounded, scared and confused may instinctively bite. So caution is the name of the game and your own safety is always your primary responsibility…
You are no use to anyone if you have to be rushed to hospital to take care of a nasty bite.
It may be neccessary to either fashion a muzzle out of a shoe lace or tape. At least be prepared to wrap a towel or sweatshirt around an animal to prevent it biting or clawing you.
ABC the international first aid proceedure should be your first response in a pet emergency too.
If you have had first aid training you will know this, if you have not had first aid training I suggest you owe it to
yourself, your family, your pets and those around you to get trained in these simple life saving techniques.
A – Airway and Obstructions: Unlike humans it is rare for a dog or cat to swallow their tongue.
However, they may have an obstruction in the back of their throat – always watch your fingers when near a pet mouth!
B – Breathing: If the animal is not breathing you will need to administer mouth to nose resuscitation (now might be a good time to check out this blog post).
Do not over inflate the lungs – watch for the chest to rise then stop – as this can damage the pet’s lungs.
If there is a chest wound you may need to plug the hole – plastic or a hand will do if you don’t have a dressing.
C – Circulation: Check for a pulse. Your vet can show you the best way to do this – remember to ask next time you visit.
If there is no pulse then you will have to start chest compressions.
Remember they probably will not need you jumping on them (unless you are working on a cow).
Also, the smaller the animal the faster the compressions should be; around 80 for a larger dog, to 120 for a cat.
Just as with a human, moving an injured pet should be undertaken with care.
Before moving your pet check for obvious broken bones and try to use a board – tray – or other flat object to slide under them where practical. A blanket also works well as a stretcher and will keep the animal warm while you transport it.
Getting to a vet as soon as possible will always increase an animal’s chance of survival.
Pets that appear normal after a traumatic event like a car collision may be suffering internal injuries that will not be obvious but could result in the animal dying even days later. So always have a thorough vet check up to be safe.
If you have a babysitter or a pet sitter always make sure that pet emergency numbers are on your list of numbers to call in the event of an emergency.
You should check out different animal health care providers for their service and after hour availability so that you will know in advance the best number to call.
Remember – minutes are the difference between life and death in emergency situations.
To ensure you get the best possible medical treatment, and that you don’t lumbered with a massive bill you can’t pay, I highly recommend that you check out medical insurance for your pet today.
It costs nothing to inquire…
Source: Dr Oliver Young Pet