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Simple Emergency First Aid Procedures for you Pet

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Knowing a few basic animal first aid procedures can save your pet's life, but remember that first aid is not a substitute for veterinary attention.


Toxic Exposure


Signs: Red Eyes, Whining, Pawing at Nose

- Call veterinarian immediately.

- Follow instructions on packaging for rinsing/decontamination.

- Keep product out of eyes, mouth or nose.

Poisoning


Signs: Vomiting, Diarrhea, Foaming at the Mouth, Gagging

- Call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control Center hotline (888.426.4435)

- Identify name, description of the substance, the amount ingested and how much time has passed.

- Have the product container/packaging available for reference.

- Collect any material your pet may have vomited or chewed, and place it in a plastic seal-able bag to take to your vet.

Seizures

- Do not restrain the animal.

- Move objects out of the way that the animal could run into or injure itself with.

- Speak to the animal in loud, but reassuring tones.

- Time the seizure.

- Keep pet warm and quiet after seizure is over.

- Call veterinarian.

Choking

Signs: Difficulty Breathing, Choking Sounds, Blue Tinged Lips/Tongue

- Use caution - a choking pet is more likely to bite in his panic. 

- If the pet can still breathe, keep it calm and get it to a veterinarian. If possible, have another person call the vet while you help your pet.

- Look into the pet's mouth to see if a foreign object is visible.

- If you see an object, gently try to remove it with pliers or tweezers, but be careful not to push the object further down the throat. Don't spend a lot of time trying to remove it if it's not easy to reach - go to your vet.

- If you can't remove the object or your pet collapses, lay your pet on its side and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3 - 4 times. Keep repeating this until the object is dislodged or until you arrive at the veterinarian's office. 


Heatstoke

Signs: Excessive Panting, Rapid Heart Rate

- Move the animal to a shaded are and out of direct sunlight.

- Place a cool, wet towel around its neck and head (Do not cover your pet's eyes, mouth or nose)

- Remove the towel, wring it out, re-wet it and re-wrap it every few minutes as you cool the animal.

- Pour or use a hose to keep water running over the animal's body (specially the abdomen and between the hind legs)

- Transport the pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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