Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. A smaller kit could be used in the car.
You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made.
If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:
If your pet is injured, it could be in pain and is also most likely scared and confused. You need to be careful to avoid getting hurt, bitten or scratched.
What to do if your pet has no heartbeat
Do not begin chest compressions until you've secured an airway and started rescue breathing (see the section above, What to do if your pet is not breathing.
Please remember that your pet's likelihood of surviving with resuscitation is very low. However, in an emergency it may give your pet its only chance.
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We love our pets and want them to live long, healthy lives. One critical factor in their care is our relationship with a veterinarian that we trust. Just as you would in choosing a physician or dentist, you should do a bit of research to ensure that the vet you choose will be right for you and your dog. It is important to look for your vet before you bring home your dog or immediately thereafter. If you’ve moved to a new location, start looking for a new vet as soon as the boxes are unpacked. Develop your relationship before a problem arises. Your vet can be your best ally in your quest for a healthy life for your pet. Hopefully, this will be a long-term relationship and you should take care to ensure that you’ve chosen wisely.
Where to Start
Word of mouth is the best place to begin your search for the right vet. Ask people that you trust to recommend a good vet and to tell you why they chose him. Remember that their choice might not be yours, however. Some vets are better with one type of pet over another or some personalities over others. You want a vet whose personality works well with you and your dog. Some sources of recommendations might include the breeder of your dog or the local animal shelter, friends who have pets, or the trainer of your obedience class. Ask those that you know take good care of their pets and you will likely get the best recommendations. Your local phone book will have listings of area vets, but don’t make your choice based on convenience alone.
Narrowing Down the Choice
There are many facets to consider when choosing the right vet. Some obvious ones are location and office hours. You should not make your choice on location alone, but it is a consideration. You may love the great vet an hour away, but can you get to him soon enough in an emergency? Does the vet have office hours that work with your schedule? He may be wonderful, but it won’t be very convenient if you have to take time out of work to get to an appointment.
The First Visit
Once you have narrowed your choice to one or two, schedule an appointment with your top pick. When you arrive, take note of the condition of the office. It should look and smell reasonably clean. The size of the waiting room might be a consideration to you, as well. Are you and your dog comfortable waiting in a tight spot?
What to Ask
One of the first questions you should ask is whether this vet is available in emergencies, and if so, how can you contact him. If he is not available, does he have a suggestion for emergency care? It may be that your area has an emergency hospital nearby. It is critically important to have this information on hand in an emergency when minutes may count.
If you have an unusual breed or a dog that has an unusual condition, you should ask the vet if he is familiar with it. Ask him questions and be sure that you are comfortable with his response. Does he explain well or does he dismiss your questions?
Is there more than one vet working in the office? If there is more than one vet, do they have specialties? If so, can you request a certain vet? You may want to take the time to meet all the vets working in an office before you decide to see only one of them.
Does the vet provide any other services such as boarding or grooming? If these are services that you require, they may be important factors in your decision.
No one likes to discuss money up-front, but it may be an important consideration as well. Ask his fees for routine services like check-ups or vaccinations. Does he accept major credit cards? Will he allow you to make payments if your dog requires an expensive surgery or treatment?
What Else to Look For
The examination room should be clean and orderly. Has the table been wiped after the last patient left? The vet should perform a check up on your dog during the first visit. This should include feeling the dog over for suspicious lumps or bumps, looking in the eyes and ears, checking the teeth and checking the heart. He should also ask you questions about the dog’s general health. If he has never seen the dog before, he should ask for some of the dog’s medical history. Does the vet rush the check up (or not do it all)? Does he listen to you? Is he comfortable with your dog and does he seem to have a good rapport with the dog? Does your dog seem to like him or at least seem comfortable? Of course, some dogs are difficult at every vet visit. If your dog is one of these, is the vet able to handle him? An experienced vet can handle the most difficult dog with a minimum of stress for the dog.
Once you have chosen your vet, ensure that you and your dog visit him regularly. Keep him informed of any changes in your dog that concern you. Don’t be afraid to ask question and even get second opinions if the need arises. Take an active part in your dog’s health care and you will keep your friend with you for many years to come!
|Items to avoid||Reasons to avoid|
|Alcoholic beverages||Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.|
|Baby food||Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.|
|Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources||Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.|
|Cat food||Generally too high in protein and fats.|
|Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine||Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.|
|Citrus oil extracts||Can cause vomiting.|
|Fat trimmings||Can cause pancreatitis.|
|Grapes and raisins||Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.|
|Hops||Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.|
|Human vitamin supplements containing iron||Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.|
|Large amounts of liver||Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.|
|Macadamia nuts||Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.|
|Marijuana||Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.|
|Milk and other dairy products||Some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.|
|Moldy or spoiled food, garbage||Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.|
|Mushrooms||Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.|
|Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder)||Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.|
|Persimmons||Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.|
|Pits from peaches and plums||Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.|
|Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems||Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock.|
|Raw eggs||Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.|
|Raw fish||Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.|
|Salt||If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.|
|String||Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."|
|Sugary foods||Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.|
|Table scraps (in large amounts)||Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.|
|Tobacco||Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.|
|Yeast dough||Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.|
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