Having some prior dog education about pet first aid will help you save your pet’s life if, in an unfortunate event, your pet meets an accident or a medical health problem. None of us can ever dream of our pets getting sick or hurt. But just like humans, they are prone to accidents, health issues, and sickness. It gets worse in their case, as pets cannot explain to us exactly how they are feeling. While running to a vet is the first thing that comes to your mind when your pet is hurt or sick, here are few other things you need to know about pet first aid to prevent any dangerous circumstances.
Make Your Surroundings Pet Safe
Pets are just like little infants or toddlers. While there are many tips on pet first aid, the first and foremost tip on pet safety is to make your environments absolutely pet safe. This will help you avoid accidents by reducing risks. Also, safety checks your surroundings for possible fire zones, sharp tools or any such dangers.
In an unfortunate event, when your beloved pet has met an accident, the first thing you need to do is to stay calm. Your pet cannot understand the reason for this sudden pain or hurt and if he/she sees you freaking out, it will freak out your pet as well. Stay calm and talk to your pet in a soothing tone. Make direct eye contact with your pet as this will calm them. Approach your pet from the side and not upfront as this might scare them further.
If you suspect that your pet has broken his bones, then you must try to look for a makeshift stretcher to carry them. A pet with a broken bone might not understand the reason for the sudden sharp pain and might try to run off, thereby further hurting himself. Prevent such a mishap by soothing him and relaxing him.
If your pet has swallowed something poisonous, then do not attempt to provide a mouth to snout resuscitation as this might lead to your own contamination. Instead, rush to the nearest vet.
In case your pet has been sick and starts vomiting, take a sample of the vomit to the vet to help them trace the reason for the sickness. If possible, also collect feces samples for the doctor to test.
If your pet has got burns due to fire, then you need to first cool the area with water for a few minutes. Refrain from using any cloth to cover the wound. Also, do not transfer your pet on a bed as the cloth might stick to his wound. It is best to shift him on a plastic surface and carry him to the vet as soon as possible.
If you find the claws of your pet bleeding, then perhaps it is because you have accidentally clipped a claw far too deep. During such an event, you can put an absorbent dressing over the paw and securely put a bandage on the area. Do not make it too tight. If the bleeding does not stop then you might have to rush for veterinary help.
If your pet’s ears start bleeding, then you might have trouble to provide any first aid as the ears point upwards. Try to put your pet down in such a way that the ears point downwards and rush for help.
CPR For Pets
When you have to give CPR to your pet, then you must place it on the right side as the heart is placed towards the left. Next, tilt the head upwards as this will prevent their tongue from blocking the airway. Start with five breaths and hold the tongue outside of the mouth. Breathe into their nose and ensure that you do not breathe in a lot of air. It should be enough to just raise the chest. Let one compression rise fully before you begin the second one.
If you find your pet choking, then leave them to try to cough it up. Animals are very effective in clearing their airways if something has got stuck, intervene only if you suddenly find the pet becoming unconscious or limp.
Always have a first aid kit handy if you are a pet owner and have the addresses and contacts of the nearest animal vets in your area.