First Aid for Your Pet

pet_first_aid-298x232_pet_first_aidIt is always difficult when your pet gets injured – and when that happens, you should seek the assistance of professional vetenarian. But until you can get your four-legged friend the help it needs, you can do act to lessen their pain and discomfort.

ist2_4407287_first_aid_kit_iconHere are a few basic First Aid Tips:

  • Cut or Wound:

Symptoms: Broken skin and/or bleeding

What to do: Flush with tap or bottled water to clean and apply pressure until bleeding stops

  • Broken Bone:

Symptoms: Exposed bone and/or limping

What to do: Do not apply pressure to the affected area, transport to the vet in a carrier

  • Heatstroke:

Symptoms: Panting, Unconsciousness, Hot to the touch, Loose bowels, Seizures

What to do: Apply or drape with cool, damp towel, encourage pet to drink cool (not cold) water, use a fan to help cool the pet, transport to the vet ASAP

  • Insect bite or bee sting:

Symptoms: Swelling, Itching or scratching, Facial or eyelid swelling, hives

What to do: If irritation doesn not stop within couple of hours, take to the vet to have your pet checked for allergic reaction

  • Burns:

Symptoms: Missing hair, weeping sore, licking or worrying

What to do: Do not touch affected area, take to the vet immediately for treatment and pain control

  • Porcupine quills:

What to do: Do not attempt to remove quills, take to teh vet immediately

  • Poisoning:

Symptoms: Vomitting, Diarrhea, Lethargy, Unconsciousness

What to do: Take to the vet immediately with a sample of ingested substance if possible

  • Skunk spray:

What to do: Unless the pet shows allergic reaction, wash with pet shampoo or commercial skunk spray removal solution, rinse thoroughly

These are just a few tips -I will welcome any additional ones you may have – please share your experiences!

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About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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