How to Perform First Aid on your Pet

Emergency situations bring panic and anxiety to you and your pet. When your pet is in distress because they are sick or injured you can help them until you get them to one of the trusted emergency vets in Durham. Animals require first aid just like humans do. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation will help you to stay calm.

First aid for common situations

* Fractures – Place your pet on a firm and flat surface and muzzle it. Do not try to repair the fracture by using the home made splint as you can worsen the situation. When taking your pet to the emergency vet in Durham, minimize its movement by wrapping it with a blanket. Make sure you place it on a stretcher (you can customize a firm board to be a stretcher) and ensure no pressure is exerted on the injured area.

* Seizures – It takes between 2 to 3 minutes. Keep the animal away from objects that can harm it and allow it to seize. After the seizure, keep your pet warm as you contact the vet.

* External bleeding – Use a clean cloth to exert pressure on the wound for about three minutes. This will help to stop the bleeding as the blood will clot. Bandage the wound and contact a vet. If the bleeding is severe, you do not have to contact the vet, just head to the vet hospital.

* Choking – In most cases, a choking pet is violent and can bite if you try to remove the foreign object so be careful. If you can see the object, try to remove using tweezers or a pair of scissors. It is normal for your pet to experience difficulty in breathing, make choking sounds, have blue tinged tongue, and paw excessively at its mouth. If the object does not come out, press the animal’s rib cage with your palm to try and see if the object can be pushed out by air from the lungs.

First aid saves the life of your pet but it does not substitute the need of a vet. Visit Ashfield Veterinary Surgery in Durham to have your pet fully checked and treated.

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