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Thanks to our intrepid gardener, Tina Bryant, the little plot in front of our clinic has been showing off its colors despite the heat.

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All photos by Jennifer Miele.

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     Every home should have a first aid kit for people. But pet owners should have a second kit for their furry family members. You can put together your own kit (using a watertight container) with these items:

  • Veterinarian’s contact information
  • ER veterinary clinic contact information
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Gloves
  • Gauze pads
  • Gauze rolls
  • Soft muzzle
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Cold pack
  • Digital thermometer
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rags or rubber tubing
  • Blanket or towel

    VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance) provides these tips on knowing how to respond in an emergency:

     “Survey, Secure, Stat! While it’s important not to self-diagnose your pet’s symptoms, you must first determine the situation. Next, stabilize your pet, then take him to the veterinarian, who will want to know what happened and when, and if your pet is feeling worse, better or the same since the incident occurred.”

     Note that First Aid does not mean you provide all the medical care at home in a true emergency. However, there are occasions, such as in heat stroke or burns, where some home treatment is necessary to stabilize the pet in order to transport him safely to the hospital. In the case of burns, VPI recommends this procedure:

Survey: Burns
              Your pet’s skin has obvious signs of burns, or he has ingested a toxin and is drooling, pawing at his mouth or swallowing excessively.

Secure:  Restrain your pet. Flush burns with cold water or apply a wash cloth cooled with ice water.

Stat!:  Go to the clinic within the hour, or immediately if electrocution was the source of injury. Bring the [responsible] chemical agent with you, if possible.

     These tips and more are available at our clinic in a brochure by VPI entitled “First Aid for Your Pet.”

Need to Know Now:

Tidewater Animal Emergency and Referral Center…….757-499-5463

Pet Poison Helpline……………………………………………….1-800-213-6680

www.petinsurance.com/healthzone ………….Learn how to take your pet’s temperature and what is considered normal or abnormal temperature range.

Suggested reading:

The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats

First Aid for Dogs

Pet First Aid:  Cats and Dogs  

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