- posted: Oct. 07, 2022
At Magnolia Animal Hospital in Raleigh, we're committed to providing quality and affordable veterinary care for all of our patients. Our experienced team of veterinarians and vet technicians offer a wide range of services, including first aid pet care. Read on to learn three essential first aid tips that every pet owner should know.
1. Be Prepared Before an Emergency Happens
The best way to be prepared for a pet emergency is to have a well-stocked first aid kit on hand. Your kit should include items like gauze pads, non-latex gloves, alcohol-free wipes, scissors, and tweezers. You will also need a small blanket or towel to help transport your injured pet.
If your pet is on any medications, be sure to include those in your kit as well. Don't forget to include contact information for your veterinarian, local animal hospital, and the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic.
2. Stop Bleeding Quickly
If your pet is bleeding, it's important to take action quickly to stop the bleeding and prevent further injury. Use a clean gauze pad or cloth to apply direct pressure to the wound. If the bleeding is coming from a limb, elevate the limb above the level of the heart if possible. If you can't stop the bleeding after 10 minutes of direct pressure, call your veterinarian or local animal hospital immediately.
3. Help Your Pet Breathe Easy
If your pet is having difficulty breathing, check his airway to make sure it's clear and open. Pull his tongue forward so it doesn't block his airway and look inside his mouth for any foreign objects that may be causing an obstruction. If you can't remove the object easily, don't force it, and call your veterinarian or local animal hospital right away.
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We hope you never have to use these tips but knowing them could one day save your pet's life. Our veterinarians at Magnolia Animal Hospital are here for all of your veterinary needs. Call our team today at (919) 873-9190 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form for non-emergencies.