Here are some helpful tips in the event you need to rescue your pet.
Poisoning and toxin exposure
Keep your pets from any potential hazards around your home, like cleaning products, antifreeze and even certain houseplants. If your pet ingests something that may be harmful, or if he is exhibiting symptoms like seizures, loss of consciousness or breathing distress, call your vet immediately as well as the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. Information is also available at their website at http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com
There may be times when your pet comes into contact with another animal and suffers a bite or other wound that may result in bleeding. Or they may suffer a wound in other ways. Take a clean gauze pad and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. More serious bleeding may require a tourniquet along with a bandage and pressure on the wound. Take your pet to a vet as soon as possible for any serious bleeding.
If your dog has a broken leg or fracture, you want to keep your dog as calm as possible while you prepare to transport it to the vet. You might need a flat board to serve as a stretcher, but you might also find that you can wrap your dog in a blanket or throw rug. While some people are tempted to use a homemade splint, it can create more problems if it isn’t placed properly. The best bet is to let your veterinarian handle the splint and bandaging.
If your dog exhibits symptoms of choking, breathing problems and pawing at the mouth or choking sounds, look into the mouth to see if an object is visible. Be careful, though, and be aware that there is potential for your dog to bite. If you can’t remove the object, you can apply quick pressure to the sides of a small pet’s rib cage to try and push the object out. If you have a large dog, try a modified version of a Heimlich maneuver by putting your arms around his belly, joining hands, making a fist and pushing up and forward behind the rib cage.
If the weather is warm, don’t put your pet at risk by leaving it in your car. The temperature inside a car can escalate to dangerous levels very quickly. If you do suspect your pet is overheated, place a cool or cold wet towel around his head and neck, move the pet to the shade and even take a hose to keep water running over his body.
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