Your injured pet should be moved as gently as possible. Try to get help to support the pet. Spread a blanket and supporting the head, back and pelvis, transfer the pet. If you can’t get help, gently move the pet to the blanket one part at a time. With help you can move the pet to the car. Check breathing. Check pulse. If you don’t feel anything, you can give artificial respiration by pushing with both hands on the rib area and releasing, repeated every 5 seconds. Massage the heart by squeezing the left side of the chest behind the elbow, one squeeze per second. If shock is suspected, place the pet in a warm, quiet area and cover with another blanket. If you have a hot water bottle, place it next to the pet. Call the vet or animal emergency immediately while transporting the injured pet.
Only about 10% of pet allergies are food related. Sometimes what is considered a food allergy is actually food intolerance. A food allergy occurs when the immune system believes an ingredient is harmful and sends antibodies to fight the invader. Food intolerance is when the digestive system cannot digest a certain ingredient or ingredients. Some […]
Dogs and cats have sleep patterns very similar to humans. They experience dreams, rapid eye movements (REM) and other aspects of human sleep. The difference is they sleep a lot more hours than we do. Dogs sleep about 14 hours a day. Large dogs such as Saint Bernards and Mastiffs are often referred to as […]
The CVM section (Center for Veterinary Medicine) of the FDA cites several reasons why there could be errors in pets’ medications, illegible handwriting, abbreviations, package look-alikes among them. Linda Kim-Jung, safety reviewer in the Division of Veterinary Product Safety Division of the FDA offer some suggestions about preventing medical errors. Questions to ask before leaving […]