First Aid Tips for Your Pet
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What should I do if my pet is injured?
Pets are cute, cuddly and often injury prone. If your pet is in need of immediate medical attention, there are several steps you can take to prevent serious injury:
- Stay calm and assess the situation. Look for noticeable limps, burns, unusual or profuse bleeding or weak vitals. Normal temperature for dogs and cats are between 100-102.5 degrees. Cats have a pulse of 150-200 bpm, while dogs range from 60-120 bpm depending on breed size. An unconscious pet might need CPR. To do this, clear any visible blockage from your pet's mouth and straighten the tongue if it is doubled back. Then close your pet's mouth and breathe slowly but firmly into his nose. Your pet's chest should rise and fall with each breath.
- Stabilize and restrain your pet, both for his safety and yours. Muzzles for dogs and E-collars for cats are a good idea. Remain calm. If you are nervous, this will heighten your pet's anxiety.
- Finally, you should always take your pet to a clinic as soon as you suspect a problem. Some injuries like pelvic fractures and poison might not be immediately noticeable. The sooner proper medical care is provided, the more likely your pet will make a full recovery.
Pet insurance can help with the costs of clinical care.