Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists » First Aid http://bevsvt.com Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:39:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.18 13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or carehttp://bevsvt.com/2015/13-animal-emergencies-that-should-receive-immediate-veterinary-consultation-andor-care/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/13-animal-emergencies-that-should-receive-immediate-veterinary-consultation-andor-care/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:40:02 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1755
  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
  • Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
  • Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
  • Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
  • Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)
  • You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
  • Seizures and/or staggering
  • Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
  • Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
  • Heat stress or heatstroke
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
  • Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
  • Unconsciousness
  • The bottom line is that ANY concern about your pet’s health warrants, at minimum, a call to your veterinarian

     

    Original Post: AVMA, https://www.avma.org/public/EmergencyCare/Pages/animal-emergencies.aspx

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    Poison Prevention Week for Petshttp://bevsvt.com/2015/poison-prevention-week-pets/ http://bevsvt.com/2015/poison-prevention-week-pets/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:54:24 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=1661 by M. Kathleen Shaw, DVM
    Vermont Veterinary Medical Association

    Poison prevention week for pets is March 15th through the 21st. This annual observance started in 1961 to highlight the dangers of accidental poisonings in children, and is a great time to discuss potential dangers to our pets, as well.

    In reviewing over 180,000 calls about pets exposed to potentially poisonous substances in 2012, the ASPCA’s Poison Control center reports that for the fifth straight year, prescription human medications were the top problem. 25,000 calls were taken in 2012: that’s almost 70 calls per day! The top three medications were heart/blood pressure pills, antidepressants, and pain medications. The next most common poisonous substance was insecticides, with 19,000 calls and over half of those were cats. Our feline friends are very susceptible to ingredients in many over the counter and veterinary products. Always read the label fully and check with your veterinarian before applying any topicals on a cat!

    Over the counter human drugs were third, including drugs such as aspirin and Tylenol and even herbal and neutraceutical products. Coming in fourth were veterinary products such as flavored chew tabs for pets. In many cases, the entire bottle was consumed! Rounding out the top five were household items, including cleaning products.

    Dogs are much more likely to get into trouble around the house than cats (nine of the top ten spots go to dogs), with Labrador Retrievers topping the list. They are followed by mixed breed dogs, Chihuahuas, Golden Retrievers, and Yorkies. Prevention consists of pet proofing your home in the same way you would child proof it: keep all potentially toxic substances up high or locked up.

    If you suspect your pet has ingested any of the above items, chocolate, foods with xylitol sweetener (gum), a rodenticide, or any lawn and garden product, call your veterinarian immediately. If you are not sure if the product is toxic, call. It’s better to be safe than sorry. The ASPCA’s Poison Center also has a 24 hour hotline at 888-426-4435. Since 1978, they have handled over two million cases.

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    The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of more than 330 veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality medicine. For more information, visit www.vtvets.org or call (802) 878-6888.

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    First Aid Kits for Dogs – 10 Key Items to Packhttp://bevsvt.com/2013/first-aid-kits-for-dogs-10-key-items-to-pack/ http://bevsvt.com/2013/first-aid-kits-for-dogs-10-key-items-to-pack/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 18:29:52 +0000 http://bevsvt.com/?p=874 The weather is beginning to be nice here in Vermont, and that means that our dogs are out and about more often. Swims, hikes, runs, and play dates with other pups are among some of the favorite activities our dogs simply LOVE.  Unfortunately, along with hard play come some common injuries such as scrapes, cuts, torn nails and ingestion of toxic substances, to name a few.  It’s always great to be prepared to provide minor first aid in the event of one of these occurrences.  Here’s a list of a few items to keep on hand in case of an injury.

    First Aid Kits for Dogs—10 Key Items to Pack

     

    1)      Saline

    This is used to flush out wounds when dirt or debris is present. You may use the bottle alone, or carry a syringe without a needle to apply the saline.  Saline is sold over the counter.

     

    2)      Triple Antibiotic Ointment

    This may be used for minor scrapes and cuts that your pet may encounter. A common one used is over the counter Bacitracin.  Do not allow your pet to lick the ointment off of the cut or scrape.

     

    3)      Gauze and Wrap

    If your pet gets a cut that is bleeding, it is important to be able to control it until you are able to get to a veterinarian. Gauze is a soft material that you may place over the bleeding wound to help control the bleeding. A soft wrap (such as vet wrap) is then applied to keep the gauze in place. The vet wrap sticks to itself so that it stays on, but not to your pet’s fur. They will love you extra when it’s time to remove the wrap. When wrapping, make sure to place a thumb or finger underneath the wrap to ensure that you are not wrapping too tight.

     

    4)      Fresh Hydrogen Peroxide

    This is not to be used for cleaning , but rather to induce vomiting if your pet ingests something toxic. ALWAYS consult with your veterinarian or poison control center before giving your dog Peroxide. In some cases, vomiting should NOT be induced (such as ingestion of Kerosene, sharp objects or many other chemicals)

     

    5)      Styptic Powder

    This product can be bought at most pet stores.  It is a product that is used to make blood clot when a toenail is bleeding.  Many dogs can tear a nail when running or playing with another dog. If the nail tears into the kwik (blood supply of the nail) bleeding will occur. Styptic powder helps to stop the bleeding.

    6)  Disposable latex gloves

    These are used to reduce the risk of infection when treating wounds, as well as keeping yourself clean from blood.  When cleaning wounds we want to limit the amount of dirt that is in and around the wound. It is better to clean and apply ointment with fresh, clean gloves.

     

    6)      Tick Removal Tool

    In Vermont there are many ticks that want to feed on our furry friends. There are tick borne diseases, such as Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma that can be transmitted to our dogs.  These diseases at times can be life threatening. There are tools such as tick spoons that help you to easily remove a tick from your pet if you see one attached. The tick should then be killed, so that he/she is unable to re-attach to a pet or human.

    7)      Muzzle

    When dogs injure themselves, they are painful and this may cause them to want to bite. It doesn’t mean that you have a mean dog, just that he/she is telling you that they hurt. A muzzle will help to prevent bites to you and/or helpers.

     

    8)      Water Based Lubricant

    This is helpful to apply around a wound to keep the fur out of the wound, and prevent more contamination.  Also, if you need to use a thermometer to take your pets temperature, this can be used to lubricate the thermometer.

     

    9)      Phone Numbers

    The phone numbers of your regular veterinarian, the emergency veterinarian, and poison control should be located inside of your first aid kit. Providing minor first aid is great, but your veterinarian should always be called for advice and/or for further treatment. Poison Control is very helpful with aiding you with toxic substances.

     

    Now go grab your dog, and have a blast this summer!

     

    Written By: Cait Tobin

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