One of the most common questions asked of a veterinary clinic is “Do I need to take my pet to the hospital?” Unfortunately, due to the multitude of potential illnesses and injuries, it can be next to impossible to answer this question. But what can you do before you can get your pet to the vet?
Here is the Tom Dock from Noah’s Veterinary Clinics with more:
1) Keeping the pet hydrated if vomiting and / or diarrhea is important, but challenging if the pet continues to vomit or have diarrhea. Veterinarians recommend immediate examination if vomiting has occurred more than four times an hour or eight times a day.
2) In some cases, just holding back food and water for only 6-8 hours is enough to calm the GI tract and resolve the problem. When you’ve removed food and water and the pet is no longer vomiting, try offering small amounts of water day and night (think about 1 teaspoon for every pound of body weight). Mild diets can be offered in small amounts the next day.
3) Seeing a pet with a possibly broken limb is quite traumatic and worrying, especially if the fracture is “open” or stinging through the skin. Closed fractures are not necessarily seen. The first rule here is to understand that your pet is likely to be very painful and needs a snout to be placed.
4) If the fracture is open, cover it with sterile gauze or a clean cloth (a female pad will do). DO NOT try to push the bone back under the skin or in place. For all fractures, the movement should be as gentle as possible, and ideally the pet should be restrained on a board for transport.
5) If the pet can still walk on three legs, assist the pet’s movements by using a towel or blanket and placing a sling under the belly. This provides support for the back legs and can help keep the pet in better control while walking. Then it goes to the emergency room for an examination and X-ray
6) Dog and cat fights are common and sometimes cause significant damage. If your pet has been in a fight, first check to see if there is active bleeding. If so, apply direct pressure on the wound. If the wound is deeper than the skin (you can see fat, muscle, or bone), apply a damp compress and leave it in place until the pet is seen at the vet.
7) Smaller wounds (not down to the skin) can be cleaned and bandaged frequently at home by following the guidelines listed here. It’s still important to have a veterinarian examine the wound as some bite wounds, especially those from cats, can do MUCH deeper than expected damage.
8) Finally, in this section, you should understand how the right type of CPR can be life-saving for a pet. Unlike humans, many pets should be given CPR with the pet on their side rather than on their back. And just like with humans, the right rhythm is important … Use “Staying Alive,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” Missy Elliott’s “Work It,” or even “Another One Bites the Dust” to keep your pace going.
9) Pets should receive 2 breaths for every 30 compressions. CPR on pets (or people) is hard work and should make you sweat. It is important to know that while CPR can be life saving, the pet will often experience similar problems in the future.
10) Your veterinarian and local veterinary clinic will be happy to help with any pet injury or illness. The absolute best option is to get a physical exam, even if you are certain that the problem is minor.
11) Be wary of websites and comments that keep you away from your pet’s doctor. These people don’t know you or your pet (in most cases), and diagnosing a pet’s disease can be challenging even for veterinarians. Play it safe … see your vet!