Pet First Aid and Triage

October 8, 2012 @ 1:15 pm posted by Judy

Veterinarian Judy again.  I cannot resist, it must be my training.  Here are a few tips with respect to pet first aid and triage.  If your pet is injured, first make sure you are in a safe place to attend to your pet.  Keep in mind the basics of emergency health care.  Observe if your pet is breathing?  Does your pet have a pulse?  Does your pet’s gum color indicate shock?  Does your pet response to your voice?   Once you have made thes observations then call your veterinarian and describe the injury or illness, and ask if there is something you can do to help your pet and/or tell your veterinarian that you are on your way with your injured pet.  When it comes to emergency first aid, you want to deal with the most life threatening problems first.  For example, a mouth burn from chewing an electrical cord in not as serious as the fact that your dog has stopped breathing from the jolt.  Internal injures and whole body injuries (like shock) are generally more serious than cuts, scrapes, and breaks.

Below are the top ten triage priorities in order that you should try to deal with them.

1.  Not breathing or No Pulse.

2.  Not Breathing.

3.  Unconsciousness.

4.  Shock.

5.  Difficulty Breathing.

6.  Chest wound or Chest Puncture.

7.  Severe Bleeding.

8.  Stomach Wound or Stomach Puncture.

9.  Extreme body temperature above 105 degrees or below 95 degrees.

10.  Poisoning or Snake bite.

Nevertheless, most pet emergencies can indeed be solved with a good pet first aid kit.

Pet First Aid Kit

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