If Your Pet is Bleeding
STEP 1 – Muzzle
If you have a muzzle, it is best to put it on your pet because they might be aggressive when they are in pain.
STEP 2 – Apply pressure
Slowly check the source of blood and apply pressure to it. If there is bleeding, use a clean cloth or bandage when applying pressure over the wound.
If the wound is not heavily bleeding and looked like it came from a bite, flush the wound with lukewarm salty water for as long as possible to kill the bacteria on the wound.
If there is missing skin, cover it with a clean dressing and wrap it around with a bandage to make it hold better.
STEP 3 – Contact your vet
If you think your pet is bleeding internally, immediately call your vet as internal bleeding is critical.
Symptoms of Internal Bleeding:
- Collapse / Weakness
- Cold feet/tail/ears
- Pale gums
- Difficulty breathing
- A swollen belly
If Your Pet Have Burn
STEP 1 – Move your pet away from the source of heat.
STEP 2 – Wash the burnt area with a cool running water for 10-20 minutes.
Make sure not to make your pet feel too cold. You may wrap them with a blanket but make sure it does not touch the burnt skin. Do not apply any ointment to the wound.
STEP 3 – Place a cling film loosely over the burn and crunch the edges to form a cover.
STEP 4 – Call your vet.
If Your Pet Is Choking
Your pet could be choking if:
- They are trying to remove something from their mouth with their paw
- Shaking their head
- Bluish lips, gums and tongue
- Making choking sound or coughing continuously
STEP 1 – Be alert
Pets that are in panic and in pain may be aggressive and could bite you.
STEP 2 – Remove the object
Make sure to calm your pet when doing this.
OPTION 1 – Do not poke the object with your fingers if your pet is conscious instead try to remove it using tweezers or pliers.
OPTION 2 – If your pet is small, hold them by the tights and lift them upside down. Gently shake your pet until the object is dislodged. If your pet is large, hold behind their back legs and lift it (as in wheel borrow position) to create some sort of gravity and then wait if anything comes out from her mouth.
OPTION 3 – If the first two options did not work, do the Heimlich maneuver for pets. Just place one fist with the thumb part on the center or the abdomen at the end of the ribs and then place the other hand over that fist. Then in a slightly bent standing position, push the abdomen upwards to your pet’s chest for five times.
STEP 4 – Call your vet
If you fail to dislodge the object, immediately rush to the nearest vet. If you removed the object, it is still recommended to take your pet to the vet as the object might have cause an injury to your pet’s throat.
If Your Pet Is Having Heatstroke
Your pet is most likely to have heatstroke If you see:
- Excessive panting/trouble breathing
- Reddened gums
STEP 1 – If you suspect that your pet is suffering from heatstroke, take them away from the heat of the sun and move them into the shade.
STEP 2 – Let their body cool down using a fan or air conditioner.
STEP 3 – Give them water to drink.
STEP 4 – Put them on top of a wet towel to help cool their body.
STEP 5 – When you feel like they have started to cool down, pour cool water (not too cold as it may cause shock) over their body.
STEP 6 – Call your vet and keep cooling their body while waiting for medical help.
If Your Pet Is Having Seizure
STEP 1 – Move them away from heat and objects. Do this gently and keep the noise to a minimum.
STEP 2 – Do not restrain your pet as you might hurt them.
STEP 3 – Take a video of your pet while they’re having a seizure so the vet can use it for diagnosis.
STEP 4 – Call your vet and ask for assistance as your vet would probably not ask you to bring your pet right away. It is more likely that you will be advised to monitor your pet and bring them to the vet after they have finished fitting.
Remember to always be very careful when handling your pet during these situations because however calm your pet is, they can change behavior and be aggressive when they are in pain.
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