Knowing what to do in an emergency could save your pet’s life.
We’ve compiled a list of suggestions as to how you can keep your pet and yourself calm and react most appropriately when faced with an emergency situation.
In Emergency Situations:
|First ensure the safety of yourself and others. Keep calm and assess the situation before acting. Injured animals are frightened and in pain and may try to bite anyone who touches them.|
|Contact the vet. Keep your vet’s phone number to hand and know the name of the practice.|
|Always phone first, whatever the situation, as there may not always be a vet available but staff may be able to suggest immediate action you can take.|
|Have a pen handy in case another number is given. Treatment can usually be provided more quickly if the dog is taken to the surgery, rather than if the vet is called out.|
|If there is a risk of biting, put a muzzle on the dog, or wrap tape around the nose and tie behind the ears, unless the dog has difficulty breathing. Small dogs may be restrained by putting a thick towel over their heads.|
|Don’t administer any medication without the direct instruction of your vet. Animals metabolise and react to human medicines in a very different was to us, so you could just make matters worse.|
|Drive carefully when taking the dog to the surgery.|
Keeping your pet healthy
When you run your hands over your pet check its weight. Checking will enable you to notice any changes that may occur over time and alert you to possible weight loss or gain
|Skin and CoatYour dog’s skin can be pink or black depending on the pigments common to that breed or the individual genetic history. It should be free of crusting, itching, scaling, black/white spots and infected or hot and inflamed areas. The coat should be thick (depending on breed) and shiny with no broken hairs, bald patches, dandruff or fleas.|
|Ears & EyesYour dog’s ears should always be clean and without any thick brown or green waxy discharge. There should also be no redness, itchiness or offensive smell. Eyes should be bright and clear, with no signs of runniness, redness or soreness.|
|Nose & MouthThere should be no crusting on the surface of a healthy nose, nor there any runny or thickened discharges or bleeding. Bad breath can often indicate bacterial overgrowth/plaque on the teeth/gums, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth should be white/cream with no excess tartar, which looks thick and brown. The gums should be a healthy pink (or black depending on skin pigmentation) and not red, swollen or bleeding|