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Posted on 04-14-2014

By Miranda

We all dread that moment when our animals need emergency help, whether it’s a wound, broken bone, or ingesting human medications. It is very important to know what to do in theses situations; however it is far more important to know what not to do. You may think you are helping your pet when in reality you could be making it worse. We will cover the most common mistakes owners will make in theses situations and why it’s important to not do them.

Cleaning a wound is important, however you need to clean it properly. Here are a couple incorrect cleaners owners frequently use on emergency wounds.

  • Peroxide:  Pouring peroxide on fresh wounds damages live tissue cells needed for healing. It also can cause dry skin, itchiness, and discoloration around the inside of the wound.
  • Alcohol: Short and simple it BURNS!! We know you don’t want you to harm your pet. We also do not want you getting bit by a painful animal.

The best thing to do is clean the wound with warm water if it’s dirty and apply a bandage. If you do not have bandage material available, you may use a CLEAN T-shirt. If the wound seems to be bleeding extensively, please DO NOT try to cauterize it yourself. Apply the bandage and go to you regular veterinarian if they are open. If it is after normal business hours go to the Emergency room, don’t wait until your vet opens, having them seen ASAP is far more important. 

Pain Management
We all know our animals can be painful in some of these situations. Giving your pet human pain medication is not recommended. Here are a few examples of harmful pain meds and how they harm them.

  • NSAIDs (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve)
    • These medications can cause kidney failure as well as stomach ulcers.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
    • This medication reacts differently in cats and dogs. In cats it damages red blood cells, and in dogs it causes liver failure.

So the best thing for your pet is to have them seem by your vet immediately and your vet will prescribe the proper medication for your pet; until you arrive at the vets just make them as comfortable as possible. If you have already given your pet human pain meds or any medications prior to your visit notify you doctor.

Broken Bones
If you fear or are positive your animal broke a bone, LEAVE IT ALONE! Don’t try to readjust anything, this is very painful for them and we also don’t want you getting bit. Take them in ASAP

Human Medication Ingestion
If you fear or know your pet has eaten human medications (such as Adderall, muscle relaxers, blood pressure meds, and medical marijuana, or others), call pet poison control immediately. Pet poison control will let you know if your pet needs to be treated; in most cases with human medication ingestion they will need medical attention. Don’t give them anything you feel will help, just take them in immediately.  Pet poison control is available 24hrs a day. The number is (888) 426-4435.

 So after reading this I hope you now understand what things you should not do incase of an emergency. But number one rule in any animal emergency is to stay calm and see your vet.

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