Pet first aid awareness
4/20/2015 - Seasonal Advice
1. To determine if your pet is dehydrated, pull up on the skin between the shoulder blades. It should spring right back; if it slowly goes back or stays in the pulled position this is a sign of dehydration.
2. Signs of pet poisoning may include: Dilated pupils, drooling, foaming at the mouth, seizures, abnormal mental state and strange behavior. (Contact your veterinarian if you see any of these signs in your pet.)
3. If your pet has a seizure, make sure he/she is in a safe place. Do not restrain your pet. Keep your hands and things away from the animal’s mouth. The pet can be disoriented and can bite not realizing what it is doing during the episode.
4. In times of extreme heat, keep pets inside where it is cool. Signs of heat stroke and or heat exhaustion include collapse, a rectal temperature over 103 degrees, vomiting, blooding diarrhea, trouble breathing, increased heart rate, and excessive panting.
5. If your pet is bleeding, apply pressure to the area. Keep gauze on hand to use to apply to bleeding areas. Continue to apply pressure while on your way to the veterinarian.
We want to encourage pet owners to have a pet first aid kit at their home. Some things to include should be: Gauze, digital thermometer, hydrogen peroxide, a leash, eye dropper, and emergency phone numbers including primary veterinarian, local emergency veterinarian, and poison control for pets. Most of the listed items are self explanatory. If you live in a place where natural disasters can and do occur you may want to alter your list or have an emergency bag for your pet(s) to take with you if you need to vacate your home.
If you have questions about other things that you should have in your first aid box for your pets ask your primary veterinarian.
Theresa N. Klales