When you have pets in your house, you need to be alert and active as unfortunately accidents may occur anytime. When a medical emergency befalls on your lovable companion, you may find it difficult to tackle it especially when it occurs in the middle of the night. Therefore, it’s vital that you have an emergency plan that can help you anytime.
24-Hour Emergency Protocol for Your Dog
Ask your veterinarian about emergency strategy. Learn some basic first aid applications and know the guidelines with your vet. Confirm whether in emergency your vet is available or not. Can you get help at their clinic or has he collaborated with any pet emergency center that can provide help during emergency.
It’s a fruitful idea to keep vet name, number and address at handy for easy access in emergency. Also, have a first aid kit handy having all the essential materials such as medicines and bandages.
When Does Your Dog Needs Emergency Care
In case of intense trauma situation due to accident or fall-choking, your dog may need emergency care. This condition may also arise due to heatstroke, household poisoning, an insect sting, natural calamity or any other life-threatening situation.
Some Symptoms When Your Dog Needs Emergency Care
- Change in body temperature
- Rapid breathing
- Pale gums
- Weak or rapid pulse
- Difficulty in standing
- Apparent paralysis
- Loss of consciousness
- Excessive bleeding
What to do in Case of an Emergency Arising For Your Furry Friend
Pets when severely injured acts aggressively against their owners; therefore, it becomes quite important for you to protect yourself first, when you pet is injured before caring him. Stay cool and approach your dog calmly saying his name. This can solace him. If your dog turns to be aggressive, call for help. In case, he remains passive, prepare a makeshift stretcher to lift him and put him onto it. Ensure to support his neck and back in case he may be suffering from spinal injuries.
Once you’re ensured about safety of your pet in transporting, immediately take him to an emergency care facility. It’s a good idea to ask your family member or friend to call the clinic so the staff will be ready when you reach the clinic with your pooch.
What first aid treatment you can give your dog when in emergency?
Whenever emergencies come, your furry friend requires vet care. However, before transportation, you need to apply first aid methods to stabilize your pooch.
- In case of accident, your dog may suffer from excessive external bleeding. Apply pressure on the wound with the help of a clean cloth pressing on the wound with your hand.
- If your dog is having choking, place your fingers into the mouth and check that whether you can remove the substance, which is causing blockage.
- If you’re unable to remove the substance, give a sharp rap – a modified Heimlich maneuver, which can help to dislodge the object to his chest.
Does Your Dog Needs CPR?
CPR may be compulsory, in case you have been not able to remove the object and your dog is further choking on and gone unconscious. Check whether he is breathing or not. If not, lay him on his side and perform artificial respiration by extending his head and neck, holding his jaws closed and blowing into the nostrils every three seconds. If you don’t feel a heartbeat, incorporate cardiac massage while administering artificial respiration three times, firm chest compressions for every respiration-until your dog resumes breathing on his own.
What to do if your dog eats anything poisonous?
If you suspect or have seen your pet has ingested something poisonous, immediately call Animal Poison Center’s 24-hour hotline at 888-426-4435 or your veterinarian. Experienced toxicologists will count the age and health of your pet, how much and what material he has ingested, and recommend whether to induce vomiting until they arrive at your location.
Knowing these little but most essential things, you can definitely help your lovable companion at the time of emergency.