5 Things You Should Know About Pet First Aid

5 Things You Should Know About Pet First Aid

Podcast | Kiara – 5 Things You Should Know About Pet First Aid

 

Just like humans, pets can suffer physical injury or other life-threatening accidents and as such, knowing how to handle them in case of an emergency is critical. First aid is essential as it can help reduce pain or prevent further damage as you search for professional veterinary services. Therefore, a pet first aid box or a pet first aid bag is a must-have for all pet owners. The following are five things all pet owners should know about pet first aid;

 

So these are the 5 Things You Should Know About Pet First Aid:- 

Table of Contents

  1. Maintain your composure in case of an incident
  2. Pet poisoning is a delicate matter and should be handled as such
  3. Be careful when removing foreign objects
  4. Administer rescue breathing correctly
  5. Bleeding can be fatal

 

1. Maintain your composure in case of an incident

Since we love our pets so much and fear for their safety, it’s normal to get histrionic and extremely stressed whenever they get hurt. However, you must remember that just like humans, pets can pick up cues from people and react to them. Trying to attend to your pet while you are in a state of panic and stress only serves to unsettle the animal further making it extremely hard to administer first aid.

 

Therefore, whenever your pet sustains an injury and you need to administer first aid on the animal, make sure to compose yourself first. Think clearly about your best course of action and stick to your plan without letting the stress of the moment overwhelm you and affect the accuracy of your decision-making. You will have an easier time and will increase the chances of your pet surviving its injury.

 

dog relaxing on couch

2. Pet poisoning is a delicate matter and should be handled as such

Generally, any substances that are poisonous to humans are also poisonous to pets. Pets can be poisoned when they ingest or get in contact with substances such as rodent poison, cleaning detergents, and a host of other chemicals that are used for various household purposes. Certain foods can also pose danger to your pets.

 

If your pet’s skin or eyes come into contact with any toxic substances, read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to handle emergencies that involve the product. Mostly the recommendations are meant for humans but you can apply them for pets too. You can use water and soap to wash the chemical off the affected area of your pet’s skin. In the case of the eyes, wash with clean water and then seek veterinary help as soon as possible.

Mr. Peabody in real life

 

3. Be careful when removing foreign objects

Choking could be fatal and so swallowed objects should be removed as soon as possible. You can use tweezers or pliers to pull objects out. However, care should be taken to ensure you don’t push the object further into the pet’s throat. The object should therefore be visible.

 

Choking causes a lot of distress to pets making them more likely to bite. Therefore, be very cautious as you try to dislodge the foreign objects from their throats. If the object cannot be removed using tweezers or pliers, massage both sides of the pet’s mid-area towards the pet’s head to push the object out. Whether you succeed or not, get the pet to the nearest veterinary as fast as possible.

girl hugging pet dog

 

4. Administer rescue breathing correctly

Breathing difficulties in pets can be caused by several issues including choking, poisoning, bleeding, shock, or heat strokes. Regardless of the cause, the first step is checking to see if the animal is still conscious or not. If it is unconscious, lay it flat. Open the pet’s mouth and check if the cause is choking. If so, try to remove the foreign object.

 

Administer rescue breathing by breathing into the pet’s nose with its mouth firmly closed. Do this until the pet is fully resuscitated. If the pet has no heartbeat, massage its heart until you can feel it beating again. Do this gently but firmly, applying just enough pressure for it to be effective.

Rescue breathing given to dog

 

5. Bleeding can be fatal

Pets can suffer from both external and internal bleeding. External bleeding is caused by physical injuries while internal bleeding is mainly due to biological illnesses or severe physical injury. Symptoms of internal bleeding may include bloody coughs and urine as well as bleeding of the nose, mouth, and rectum.

For external bleeding, ensure you muzzle your pet so it does not bite you. Apply pressure to the wound to quicken clotting of blood in the case of light bleeding before applying a bandage. If the bleeding is severe, apply a tourniquet and loosen it at intervals of approximately 20 seconds. Rush the pet to the nearest professional vet in cases of internal bleeding and severe external bleeding.

 

Dog legs rigged skin

 

It should be noted that first aid is a temporary solution. Therefore, do not use first aid to replace professional veterinary care. Always rush your pet to a veterinary doctor as soon as it gets hurts or injured.

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