1. Not every situation is an emergency
Most fur parents, especially the new ones, panic easily anytime their pet is feeling a little sad or less playful than their usual self. They always assume their furry friends are seriously ill.
While it’s understandable, if you’re a new furry parent, you also need to understand that not everything is an emergency.
If your pet is feeling a little down, there’s a good chance the mood swings are starting. You don’t have to make an emergency call to your vet in the middle of the night for advice.
The same goes for lumps that you can feel on your pet’s body. While it’s true that you need to consult a vet about the knot, you don’t need to call an animal ambulance right away.
The best thing you can do is calm down, check on your pet regularly, and then visit the vet during office hours.
According to veterinarians and zookeepers, you should call your veterinarian or take your pet to an emergency veterinary clinic if these things happen:
- injuries from an accident
- Injuries from attacks by other animals
- If you see blood in your poop
- Difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement
- pain in the stomach
- vomiting without end
- eye inflammation
As soon as these emergencies arise, call or take your pet to your veterinarian Bundaberg Emergency Veterinary Care immediately to get the help your pet needs.
In emergencies, an animal ambulance cannot always come to your home or to the scene of the accident immediately to take care of your animal.
Therefore, as a pet owner, you need to know what to do when help is on the way. The following are just some of the basic first aid measures you can take in specific situations.
If your pet chokes, you’ll know right away. Your pet will likely make loud gagging noises or cough a lot. Other obvious signs include constant scratching of the mouth and a change in the color of the lips and tongue.
The first thing you should do is calm down. This way you can explain to your vet exactly what happened. He will then walk you through how to remove the item while help is on the way.
You can open your pet’s mouth to see if the choking hazard is visible. If yes, you can try to get the object out with tweezers. But if not, don’t even try.
If a vet ambulance is not available, take your pet to the nearest vet immediately.
If your pet was in an accident or got into a fight with another animal and was seriously injured, the first thing to do is call a veterinary ambulance.
And while you wait, the next thing you should do is muzzle your pet to prevent aggressive biting, as it hurts to give first aid.
Once your pet is muzzled, lightly press a gauze pad or clean cloth over the wound for three minutes. Repeat this process until the bleeding stops.
If the wound is still bleeding continuously, wrap a bandage to put pressure on the wound. Then take your pet to the nearest vet if an ambulance isn’t available.
Similar to the two emergencies above, the first thing you need to do is call your emergency vet. Inform your vet about the incident and wait for the ambulance.
While you wait, muzzle your pet to prevent biting you or anyone helping you. Then find a stretcher or use a makeshift one.
Slowly place your pet on the platform and gently wrap them around the stretcher using elastic bands to restrict their movements.
Unlike the first situation, holding your pet is the last thing you want to do during a seizure.
If your pet has seizures, you can make sure your pet’s general space is as spacious as possible. You can remove anything that you think might hurt your pet while it is having a seizure.
Also, remember to collect yourself and not panic. The seizures usually only last up to three minutes. Once it stops, keep your pet relaxed by moving them to a quiet and warm room.
But if the seizures don’t stop after three minutes, you should call your 911 and ask for instructions.
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