First Aid Tips Every Pet Owner Should Know

Just like human beings, pets are bound to get injured every once in a while when playing. They also get ill for different reasons and before reaching out to your vet, it is always good to administer first aid. There are injuries that will heal on their own, but it is always good to know what to do in case your dog gets hurt during a walk or at home.

Vomiting

Dogs vomit for different reasons, but in most cases, a dog will vomit after consuming something poisonous. This could also be a sign of something more serious. To make sure your pet doesn’t eat something that might cause a stomach upset, pet-proof your home and remove everything that might cause such upset. You also need to keep a close eye on your pet during walks to ensure they don’t pick something that might irritate their stomachs.

Wounds

There are wounds that require vet attention while others don’t. Injuries such as minor cuts and grazes tend to heal on their own. If a wound is bleeding and seems to have an object inside, this needs vet’s attention urgently. Always check your dog after an adventure outside to ensure they are free of any cuts and wounds.

Toxic Ingestion

Even after doing your best to pet-proof your home, a dog can still end up consuming things they shouldn’t such as plants, toiletries and medicines. In case such a thing happens, dogs will always display the symptoms a few minutes or hours later depending on what was ingested. The first thing you should do is contact your vet and explain the symptoms.

Foreign Body

After every walk, always make sure you check the dog to ensure it doesn’t have things such as grass and thorns in their paw pad. Dogs generally love chewing on things, make sure they don’t chew on toys and other things such as your socks which could get stuck in their digestive system.

Stings and bites

Dogs are exploratory in nature, they will go even in dangerous places and end up getting into trouble with other animals they share the habitat with. Stings and bites will vary, always check out for unusual reactions so that you take appropriate action before it is too late. In case the bite or sting looks severe, get in touch with your vet.

It is not hard to pick out something unusual with your pet. Look out for any abnormalities and take appropriate action before it is too late.