Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital provides exceptional emergency veterinary services, but there are times you have to act immediately to save your pet and then bring him or her into the clinic. Human first aid courses are plentiful, have you ever considered some pet first aid training? Until you can find such a class, let us suggest a few basic ideas:
Anything toxic to a human should be considered toxic to animals — cleaning products, pest poisons, antifreeze, to name a few. Some human foods can also be harmful, and several lists are available online. If the exposure is external, check the product label for instructions — these will usually work equally well for pets and people. If the exposure is internal or your pet is having seizures, convulsions, is unconsciousness or having difficulty breathing, call Nor Cal Vet or the Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 888-426-4435 — available 24/7, there is a fee for this consultation.
Bleeding, Burns, Fractures
First, muzzle your pet because the animal is likely to panic. Lay your pet on something stretcher-like, tie them down (avoiding the injured area), gently put the injured member in a splint or wrap in bandages and transport to Nor Cal Vet immediately after the pet is stabilized. Speaking in calm, soothing tones may help keep your pet calm.
If you pet has a weak pulse, breathing is shallow, exhibits nervousness or has a dazed look in their eyes, after a severe injury or extreme fright, the animal might be in shock. Keep him/her restrained and warm, keep the head level with the body and transport immediately to our pet ER —shock in a pet can be life-threatening even when the injury isn’t.
In most areas, it’s a crime to leave a child in a car unattended, and many towns are adding pets to that injunction. Even a few minutes in a vehicle on a not-too-hot day can push the car’s internal temperature (and your pet’s) into the danger zone. This, of course, isn’t the only cause, so remember, heatstroke hits animals fast and hard, and immediate treatment is vital to their survival. Prevention is the best cure.
If you can’t drop everything and run to Nor Cal Vet, move your pet to a shaded area. If you have running water handy, pour it over the whole body (especially abdomen and hind quarters), massaging the legs as you go. If not, place a cool, wet towel around the neck and head but don’t cover eyes, nose or mouth. Rewet and replace the towel every few minutes, wringing it out between applications, then get yourself and your pet to Nor Cal Vet as soon as possible.
We hope you never need this information but, if you do, you may save your pet’s life with a little prompt action. The professionals at Nor Cal Vet hope you and your pets have many happy years together.