The ABC’s of Pet Emergency Care (Article)
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN AFTER HOUR EMERGENCY, CONTACT OUR VET ON-CALL AT 954-802-0595. Our vet will help you decide if you have a true emergency.
There may come a time in the life of your pet when sickness or injury strikes, and when an emergency vet help is not immediately available. It is best to be prepared for this event ahead of time.
The key to preparing for a vet emergency is knowing that the physiological systems of most mammals, such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits, work more or less the same way as our own. Thus, in times of emergency, many of the restorative procedures that work for human beings work for animals as well.
A severed artery spouting blood, for instance, can be controlled by applying direct pressure to the wound. An animal whose heart has stopped beating can be revived by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). An unconscious dog or cat responds to artificial respiration.
An important thing to remember in time of crisis is that if your pet is seriously injured, and you have no idea what to do, think human; perform the same life-saving procedures for the animal that you would perform for yourself or your family and contact an emergency animal clinic.