AEMC Emergency Guide to Pet Emergencies

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If you feel your pet is experiencing discomfort, has signs of sickness, has been exposed to toxins or is injured in any way, you should contact your family veterinarian or an emergency veterinarian as soon as possible.  Your veterinarian or their staff will be able to assist you in determining if your pet needs prompt attention and how to safely transport your pet for treatment.  When you receive this guide, immediately write in your veterinarian’s name and telephone number so you will have it handy should an emergency occur.  If you don’t have a veterinarian, call the California Veterinary Medical Association at (800) 257-6872 for a referral in your area.

Family Veterinarian:                                                   Phone Number:____________________

Emergency Veterinarian:        AEMC                                    Phone Number: (310) 325-3000

ACCIDENT/ILLNESS

SYMPTOMS

TREATMENT

Convulsions

Shaking, falling, legs thrashing, salivating, uncontrolled urination

Move pet away from sharp cornered tables (pull pet carefully by one leg), if possible to a soft rug.  Attempt to put blanket or soft cloth under pet’s head.  DO NOT HANDLE ANIMAL IN ANY OTHER WAY DURING SEIZURE as it could be dangerous to you.  Convulsions usually last only 2-3 minutes.  Keep animal quiet after seizure.  CALL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Diarrhea

Loose or runny stool

Do not feed animal for 12 hours.  Do provide animal with water, however, as diarrhea can cause dehydration.  Small dogs and puppies should be seen immediately.

Heatstroke

Rapid or difficult breathing, vomiting, collapse

IMMEDIATELY place animal in tub of cold water or hose down if more accessible.  Use rectal thermometer to monitor temperature ( Normal range is 100.5-102.5).  Encourage animal to drink cool water.  Apply ice-pack to animal’s head.  CALL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Shock

Weak pulse, shallow breathing, nervousness, dazed appearance

Often accompanies severe injury or extreme fright.  Keep animal restrained, quiet, and warm.  If unconscious, keep the head level with the rest of the body.  CALL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Vomiting

(without other symptoms)

Remove food and do not feed animal for 12 hours.  Also remove water for 12 hours, then provide to animal in limited quantities.  Small dogs and puppies should be seen immediately.  CALL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Animal Not Breathing

No movement in the chest, no air expelled from mouth or nose

ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION – Clear animal’s mouth of foreign matter.  Close animal’s muzzle with hands, cover nose with clean, thin cloth and exhale directly into animal’s nostrils at 12-15 breaths per minute.  CPR-Lay animal on its right side on flat surface.  With mouth closed and artificial respiration in progress, locate heart by reaching deep into the socket of the pet’s left leg and counting 3-4 ribs back towards the tail along the pet’s chest.  Place heel of hand in that spot and compress chest rhythmically 60-80 times per minute.  Compress 1-2 inches for large dogs, less than 1 inch for small dogs/cats.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Bite Wounds

Swelling, puncture, hair loss, hair matted with saliva, pus, or blood

Muzzle animal (see RESTRAINT ).  Clip hair around wound.  Clean by liberally applying hydrogen peroxide.  Apply bandage to control bleeding.  CALL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Bleeding (External)

 

Muzzle animal (see RESTRAINT).  Place thick gauze or cotton pad over wound and hold firmly.  Use hands to apply firm, continuous pressure directly over bleeding area until clotting occurs.  If there will be a delay in reaching the veterinarian, a large, clean bath towel can be used as a tourniquet.  Apply tourniquet between the cut and the heart, LOOSENING EVERY 3-5 MINUTES.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Bleeding (Internal)

Pale gums, coughing blood, bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, blood in urine, collapse, rapid or weak pulse

Keep animal as warm and quiet as possible.  DO NOT ATTEMPT FIRST AID.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Burns (Chemical)

Severe rash, red/flush skin color

Muzzle animal (see RESTRAINT)..Flush immediately with large quantities of cold water.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Burns (Severe)

Severe redness, skin pealing, flush color

Muzzle animal (see RESTRAINT).Quickly apply ice water compresses.  Treat for shock. CALL VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Choking

Pawing at mouth, gagging, drooling, coughing, collapse

Quickly look into mouth to see if foreign object in throat is visible.  If possible, grasp with tweezers or pliers and remove.  IF OBJECT REMAINS LODGED IN THROAT: Try a sharp blow on back of neck or between shoulders.  IF THIS FAILS, ATTEMPT THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER: Place hands on either side of animal’s rib cage and apply firm, quick pressure.  Repeat 2-3 times.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Drowning

 

Hold animal up by hind legs to expel water from lungs.  Remove any foreign matter from mouth or throat.  Begin artificial respiration and CPR if animal has stopped breathing (See “Animal Not Breathing” section).  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Eye Conditions

Foreign object in eye

If you can see it and it is not imbedded in the eye, muzzle the animal (see RESTRAINT) and remove it.  If foreign object is imbedded in the eye or difficult to remove, SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN to avoid any further damage to the eye.

Eye Conditions

Eyeball our of socket

Put socks on animal’s front paws to prevent scratching.  Muzzle animal and gently attempt to push back in socket.  Keep moist with saline solution.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Fractures

 

Muzzle animal (see RESTRAINT).  Control bleeding, treat for shock if necessary.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SET FRACTURE.  Transport to your veterinarian on plywood or wooden door padded with blankets.  If veterinary care is not readily available, splint fracture by padding limb with gauze or cotton, place two flat sticks or rolled newspaper on either side of leg and tape.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Poisoning

Retching, convulsions, labored breathing, diarrhea, dilated pupils, salivation, weakness, collapse

If you can quickly determine what the animal ingested and how much call your veterinarian immediately and provide animal’s weight, age, and other relevant medical problems.  TIME IS CRITICAL! Take further instructions over phone as antidotes vary.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

Snakebite – Non-poisonous

Puncture, swelling, hair loss, hair matted with saliva, pus, or blood

Treat as for animal with bite wound.

Snakebite – Poisonous

Puncture, swelling, hair loss, hair matted with saliva, pus, or blood

Muzzle animal (see RESTRAINT).  Keep animal quiet to slow flow of venom.  If leg wound, apply flat tourniquet above wound.  TRANSPORT TO VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY!

RESTRAINT: In many injuries to animals, it is necessary to employ restraint.  An animal who is injured and in pain cannot be held responsible for its behavior.

Follow these directions carefully:

  1. Use strip gauze, necktie, rope, or cloth about 3 feet long
  2. Make a large loop in center, slip quickly over animal’s nose
  3. Bring ends under chin and behind ears, fasten securely

Animal Emergency Medical Center
Hours of Operation: 24 Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year


3511 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite A
Torrance, California 90505
(310) 325-3000 Phone
(310) 257-0900 Fax


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