Pet First Aid & Transportation

Pet First Aid & Transportation

Remember that a frightened or pained animal could bite or scratch. Be prepared with a cloth or belt to muzzle a dog (be sure that they can still easily breathe). Use a large, thick blanket or towel to restrain a small  animal. Have a family member or neighbor assist in the transport, when possible. Use a carrier if possible.

Stay calm since pets can sense and react to our stress.

Bleeding: For bleeding wounds, apply direct pressure with a thick cloth. If blood  soaks through, apply additional cloths (do not remove the original  dressing). If the pet is bleeding from the rectum, mouth or other  orifice, no home aid is recommended. In all cases, transport to hospital immediately.

Respiratory Distress: If pet is gasping, breathing heavily or fast remove collars/leads and use minimal restraint during transport. Transport to hospital immediately.

Choking: Be very careful when attempting to clear airway. Pets will often bite  when panicked. The Heimlich Maneuver may work if an item is lodged in  windpipe. (Note: coughing and gagging are often confused with choking–a  pet which is truly choking will move little or no air at all, and the  gum color will be gray or bluish. A pet who experiences periodic  episodes of “choking” may be gagging.) Transport to hospital immediately.

Diabetic Insulin Crisis: Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can be characterized by weakness, disorientation or seizures. Place Karo Syrup® on the gums and transport to hospital immediately.

Difficulty in Labor (Dystocia): Pregnant pets in labor for more than 2 hours, or actively straining to  produce a puppy or kitten for more that 20 minutes with no results, may  be experiencing dystocia. Call your veterinarian and prepare to  transport. Bring the mother and all puppies/kittens with you to the  veterinarian. If possible, keep the family together in a box. If the  mother is too large or restless to transport with her young, use a heat  source (such as hot water-filled milk jugs) to keep the puppies or  kittens warm. Transport to hospital immediately.

Seizure: Make  sure that the pet cannot hurt himself. DO NOT attempt to place anything  in his mouth. Bundle the pet in a blanket, and get help to transport  the pet in case further seizures occur. Transport to hospital immediately.

Nonproductive Vomiting or Retching: This  is the most common sign of a life-threatening condition called “gastric  dilitation and volvulus,” or “torsion,” especially in large breed dogs.  There is no home aid. Transport to hospital immediately.

Toxin Ingestion:  Call us at (865) 637-0114 immediately after you realize your pet has ingested something it shouldn’t have. DO NOT induce vomiting unless instructed to do so. Some toxins are fatal over time, so immediate treatment is crucial even if your pet does not appear sick. Bring  the label of the ingested substance with you if possible. Household  items like plants, antifreeze, rat bait, chocolate, raisins and more can  be potentially fatal if not treated immediately.

Trauma: Make sure the pet is breathing. Reduce any bleeding with direct  pressure. Secure the pet in a blanket or towel, if possible, to reduce  movement.
 Transport to hospital immediately.