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Medical Emergencies And First Aid For Your Pet
***This information is not meant to be used in place of professional medical care. If you are concerned about an emergency to your pet's health, please contact Ammon Veterinary Hospital at 552-9825***
Medical emergencies come in many forms, suddenly and without warning. Common emergencies are hit-by-car injuries, allergic reactions, burns and scalds, heat stroke, bleeding, poisoning, eye injuries, seizures, persistent vomiting and diarrhea and more. While no one can be prepared for all medical emergencies there are a few simple guidelines that can aid owners in helping their pet loved ones. The following list and guidelines are not comprehensive and serve only as a general guide. Always contact your veterinarian as soon as possible in any medical emergency or illness for more specific treatment and advice.
Specific First Aid
Blood Loss-If bleeding is severe, try to stop it by applying a dressing using a bandage or piece of clothing. Most bleeding wounds require medical or surgical care. A wound that is treated within 4 hours has a decreased chance of infection and complications.
Heat Stroke-Early signs of heat stroke are panting, lethargy and distress followed by unconsciousness and death. Reduce your pet’s body temperature as quickly as possible using cool water and keep the dog wet during transport. Do not use ice baths because this may drop the temperature too quickly resulting in further complications.
Anaphylaxis-Severe allergic reactions can result in sudden collapse, vomiting, diarrhea, and breathing difficulties. Causes vary from insect bites or stings to contact allergies and injection reactions. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your pet is having a reaction.