The health of our pets mean everything to us and the last thing we ever want to see is for them to get sick or injured, especially when it could be prevented. Unfortunately thousands of animal and pet related accidents and deaths could be avoided if the necessary first aid tips and advice were known by most pet owners.
The best way to keep your cat, dog or other pet alive and well is to make sure you know what to do when an injury or worse event strikes. Through the graph below, we will cover some of the best ways to keep pet owners knowledgable about how to keep their four legged best friends safe. Special thanks to DVM Multimedia for the creation of the infographic.
In addition to the full display of the infographic below, we’ve also highlighted some key points for you.
Pet Wound Care:
- Place pressure with a gauze or a clean cloth to stop the source of the bleeding
- Should there be any debris in the wound area, be sure to flush it out with saline or clean water
- For deeper cuts or severe bleeding, keep direct pressure on the wound until you can get your pet in the care of a veterinarian
- During a seizure, the most important thing is to make sure you pet is safe from self-injury
- Keep your fingers and any other objects away from the pet’s mouth
- As tempting as it may be, do not try to restrain your pet, though you can place a hand on their body
- Once the seizure has stopped, be sure to contact your veterinarian for further instructions
- For seizures that last longer than 3-5 minutes or falls into another attack, transport the dog immediately to the veterinarian
- If a pet is choking, hold the upper jaw open with one hand and look for the foreign object
- Only try to pull out the object if you can clearly see it and do not attempt to put your finger down the dog’s throat
- For smaller dogs, lift their behind lets into the air so gravity can help dislodge any obstruction
- If you can’t remove whatever is causing the choking, use the heel of your hand to deliver 4-5 sharp blows on the dog between their shoulder blades
- In the event that you suspect poisoning, seek immediate care for your pet
- If you are unable to get to a vet immediately, call one of the two hotlines below
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 1-888-426-4435
- National Animal Poison Control Center: 1-800-548-2423
By taking the time to read these first aid tips and methods for helping dogs when in distress, not only are you helping to improve your own pet’s future, but also for any other pets who might be in need of help when you are around.