5 Common Pet Emergencies and How To Respond

5 Common Pet Emergencies and How To Respond


Emergencies do occur in various forms and at any time. No matter how careful you seem to be, the chances of needing a first aid kit because of unforeseen emergencies cannot be totally avoided. 


The first aid kit for your pet is almost the same as that for humans. The first aid kit should contain essentials like the Canine emergency manual, Gauze, non-stick bandages, absorbent organic cotton balls, antibiotic hydrogel, scissors, and many more.


Here are 5 common emergencies and how to respond using a first aid kit:


  1. Bleeding

Bleeding is first on the list of 5 common emergencies and how to respond. First, locate the area of the body part that is bleeding. If it is the foot, then check if there are any foreign objects such as steel particles lodged in the pad. If you find any, grasp the object with tweezers and then gently remove it. 

Another way of finding out if there is any foreign object attached to your dog’s feet is by placing the bleeding feet under running water. Apply pressure to the wound and watch if the bleeding stops within 10 to 15 minutes. If it doesn't, then visit the vet. 

Bleeding in your dog’s ear can be caused by several reasons, ranging from excessive scratching to rough play and ear parasites, etc. Use a clean towel or cotton wool to apply pressure to the bleeding ear, then take a bandage, and wrap it around where you’ve placed the towel or wool. Call or go to your vet immediately.


  1. Burns and scalds

The burnt area should be run through cold water or saline for about 20 minutes. Avoid touching the burns, and do not apply ice to the burns. If blisters occur, do not attempt to burst them. Clip the hair off the burnt area, cover the area with dry dressing and seek veterinary care.


  1. Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is caused by allergies and stings from insects such as fire ants, bees, and wasps. An anaphylaxis reaction includes a swollen face, itching, red skin, vomiting, hives, excess saliva, and diarrhea. If left untreated, it may take days before the swelling subsides. Put an ice pack on the swollen area for 12 minutes. If it were a sting, make a paste of baking soda and apply it to the sting area. Visit the vet clinic for an oral allergy dose.


  1. Fractures

The primary thing you should do when your attention is drawn to your canine cracked or dislocated limb is to muzzle it to prevent biting. Impose direct strain to the wound to stop any bleeding. If the dislocated limb is open, a bandage dressing should be applied to the wound. Never try to put a fractured bone in its former position. Make an appointment with your vet for immediate treatment.


  1. Choking

Dogs love to chew a lot. This habit most often causes choking and panic whenever your pup chews on something it shouldn’t have. To avoid being bitten, put your dog in a non-panic mode. Reach carefully with tweezers into your dog’s mouth to grasp the object swollen. If that isn’t working, lay them down sideways and kneel behind their backs.


In conclusion, when faced with any form of emergency, the first thing is to stay calm and administer first aid treatment to your dog and then call a vet doctor if necessary.


After carrying out the first aid precautions, visit a vet clinic to confirm that your dog is totally safe. 


We hope this article on 5 common emergencies and how to respond was insightful. We would love to know how you have handled these emergencies in the past and what the outcome was. Thank you for reading!


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