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Handling Common Emergencies: A Pet First Aid Guide

Being naturally inquisitive, animals tend to constantly get into dangerous situations. Lacking a concept of danger, they will access places and chew things that can bring them harm.

First aid can save your pet’s life in an emergency. If your pet stops breathing, is choking, or suffers an injury, first aid can reduce pain and suffering. However, your actions should not be a substitute for getting veterinary care. 


Reasons to Learn First Aid 

Learning first aid can come in handy when your pet requires emergency care. Pet parents can learn pet first aid from practical and online courses. You can learn to deal with bleeding, choking, poisoning, injuries, unconscious animals, and other common pet emergencies.

The courses are available in groups where you can get valuable hands-on experience. They are highly beneficial for pet owners, groomers, dog walkers, and anyone working with animals. Learning first aid will enhance your ability to care for your pet. 


Identifying an Emergency

An essential step in handling emergencies is knowing what constitutes an emergency. Learn how to recognize when your pet requires emergency care. You must know when to get to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Signs of pet emergencies include:


  • Difficulty breathing

  • Being unresponsive

  • Fractures or broken bones

  • Bleeding

  • Collapsing or inability to get up

  • Difficulty moving or uncoordinated movements

  • Fits or seizures

  • Poisoning or eating something toxic

If your pet is vomiting or has severe diarrhea, contact your veterinarian at Dallas Animal Emergency. 


The Goal of Basic Pet First Aid

Pet first aid is emergency care provided before receiving professional veterinarian care. While most medical procedures must be performed by a professional, there are things that pet owners can do. First aid aims to stabilize the animal and keep them comfortable before getting to the veterinarian. If your pet is in critical condition, try to preserve life, prevent suffering,
and prevent the deterioration of the situation. 


Rules of Pet First Aid 

Pet first aid involves providing the best level of care. There are several rules you must follow, including:


  • Remaining calm (for both you and your pet)

  • Maintaining the airway by keeping it open

  • Controlling any bleeding or hemorrhage

  • Getting assistance where necessary

Remember, you can perform first aid, but only licensed and trained veterinarians can perform certain procedures. Every second counts during an emergency. It may be a matter of life and death.


Preparing for Emergencies 

Being prepared can save your pet’s life. Ensure that you have your veterinarian’s emergency number in your phone. You should also have contact details in a safe place or address book near your house phone. When dealing with an emergency, call your veterinarian immediately and make sure you follow instructions. It is also helpful to have a first aid kit in your home.  

Handling pet emergencies includes knowing how to check the pet’s pulse, administer CPR, and help a choking pet. You may need to muzzle your pet before administering first aid. Dogs tend to bite when they are scared or in pain. 

For more on handling common emergencies and a pet first aid guide, visit Dallas Animal Emergency at our Dallas, Texas, office. Call 214-520-2222 to schedule an appointment today.

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