(WZZM) - Now that the weather has finally warmed up, many of us have started taking our pets outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
With summer vacations also coming soon, we wanted to show you how to help your furry friend in case they need some emergency first aid. Dr. Maricia Backstrom from BluePearl Veterinary Services in Grand Rapids shows you what you should do in case of an emergency.
Click on the video link to watch the segment. More pet first aid advice is below. To learn more about BluePearl Veterinary Services, click here.
Below are some easy and helpful tips for first aid for pet owners:
As pets are out and about during the warmer months, it is good to review pet first aid tips for pet owners.
1. Pet owners may encounter a situation where their pet needs to be transported to a veterinarian due to injury or some other life threatening situation, below are some helpful tips when faced with this situation:
Safe transport: (i.e. blankets, carriers, boards for back injury) - Cats and some small dogs should always be transported in a carrier. Blankets may provide additional support and comfort for injured pets.
SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND:
**Potential back injuries can be worsened by too much movement or manipulation. A flat surface where the pet may be secured would be ideal for these pets.
2. Pet owners may encounter a situation where their pet may need bandaging due to an injury, below are some helpful tips when faced with this situation:
Bleeding: (i.e. bandaging, tourniquet) - Bleeding should be stopped as soon as possible, especially in trauma patients. This is something that pet owners can help control until they can get to a veterinarian. A clean cloth or gauze wrapped with something like an ace bandage, string, tape or even long socks can be used.
3. Pet owners may encounter a situation where their pet experiences a bite wound, below are some helpful tips when faced with this situation:
Bite wounds: Bite wounds may look minor on the surface, though any bite wound should be evaluated by a veterinarian because of the potential for severe injury beneath the skin's surface. Bite wounds can be compared to an iceberg effect. Bite wounds lead to a high risk of infection if not properly addressed.
4. Pet owners may encounter a situation where their pet may need medical attention for heat stroke, below are some helpful tips when faced with this situation:
Heat stroke: (cooling techniques) - Cold water is not recommended, as this may drop the temperature too low. Luke warm water bath is important for pets at risk for heat stroke. Air conditioning or fans are useful during transport if water is not available.