Three Tips on Pet Emergencies

As a local area veterinary hospital, Mebane Pet Clinic is deeply concerned with the health and safety of your pets.  How you prepare to handle an emergency situation could be crucial to your pets well being. You might be a first time pet owner or an experienced one, but the event of a pet emergency – whether the result of an insect bite, sting, severe allergy or accident – can be a difficult and stressful situation. Having a plan and being prepared is essential in ensuring your pet receives proper care and remains as healthy and safe as possible.

The key to preparation is having a plan for worst-case scenarios. Knowing the phone number of a local veterinary hospital in Mebane is important, but also having a first aid kit on hand and knowing the location and availability of a veterinary hospital if the situation occurs after hours. Below are three helpful tips from Mebane Pet Clinic, your local veterinary hospital, that are aimed to help you as a pet owner handle any situation that comes your way with ease, confidence and care.

1.    Have a first-aid kit on hand

Are you prepared for eradicating poison from your pet’s mouth, treating a bee sting or sudden seizure, cleansing a bleeding wound or burn? An accident or incident can occur in a matter of moments and having a first aid kit nearby can be your saving grace depending on the severity of the emergency. A good first aid kit for your pet may include gauze, nonstick bandages, hydrogen peroxide and a digital thermometer.

2.    Know beforehand how to care for wounds and injuries

When an animal is hurt or scared, it may react by biting or scratching so it important to act carefully. Be gentle and slow when conducting an examination to prevent additional pain and discomfort. If possible, call your local veterinary hospital before you arrive so they can be prepared. If your pet is not vomiting, you should attach a muzzle to prevent the possibility of it biting. During the transport to the veterinary hospital, keep your pet confined in a box or pet carrier to hinder additional injury.

3.    First Aid Procedures

Dogs and cats have the potential to be affected by poison more easily than you may realize. Most amphibians found outdoors have poisonous glands in their skin. Sometimes pets get into cleaning products, rodent poisons and antifreeze, which can cause harmful and painful side effects. If your pet has been exposed to chemicals, check the label for instructions on dealing with exposure. If your pet suffers seizures or loses consciousness, call the professionals at Mebane Pet Clinic or your local-area veterinary hospital.