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Joe Reppucci of Lexington, Mass., writes about dogs and keeping them a healthy part of the family. He has worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Lexington High School ...
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Joe Reppucci of Lexington, Mass., writes about dogs and keeping them a healthy part of the family. He has worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Lexington High School and of Suffolk University in Boston. He writes often about nutrition, behavior and saving money on pet supplies and insurance.
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In emergency, your pet's survival depends on you
Twenty-five percent more pets would survive emergency situations if their owners had simply used one first-aid technique on their companions prior to getting to the veterinarian, animal health experts say.
Simple first-aid procedures - like knowing how to apply pressure to a source of bleeding and affixing a temporary bandage - can make the difference between life and death, according to the American Animal Hospital Association.
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“An emergency situation can be handled much faster and more appropriately if an owner has resources like a first aid kit and list of important phone numbers (veterinarian, emergency animal hospital and poison control) easily accessible,” Emily Pointer, a veterinarian at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, states in a media release.
Pet parents must be prepared to deal with emergencies, Dr. Pointer said. They should think about the most common accidents and take action to prevent these emergencies.
Like people, most pet accidents happen in or nearby the home. Common pet accidents include ingestion of a toxin, dog bites, high rise syndrome, ripped toenails, ingestion of foreign objects causing gastrointestinal problems, eye emergencies, broken bones, trouble giving birth and being hit by a car.
Pet parents need to remain calm during an emergency because panicking will stress the injured animal, Dr. Pointer says. After applying an initial first-aid technique, a pet parent should immediately contact their veterinarian, an emergency veterinary center or poison control.“Even after a pet owner has administered first aid, it is extremely important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible,” Dr. Pointer said. “There are many, many emergencies that cannot be managed, even in the initial period, with simple first aid.”
According to Pet Sitters International a basic pet first-aid kit should include:
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