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Accidents happen, and unfortunately can happen after our office
hours. If our office is closed, phone or take your pet to the
nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital.
|Basic First Aid
||Most pets will avoid open flames or
fire. More common problems are pets who chew on
electrical cords. TREATMENT: First aid depends on
the degree of the injury. Before determining how bad the burn
is, immediately apply cold water, a cold compress, or an ice bag to the
spot. If your pet's skin is read and painful, the hair is
singed but still attached, he has a first-degree
burn. A second degree burn
appears swollen, and the skin may slough off. If your pet has
a third-degree burn, the skin is blackened or
Whichever the case, check with us immediately or any emergency
Electrical burns can be harmful to your
pet. If he has developed the dangerous habit of chewing
electrical cords, he could end up with severe damage to the tissues of his
mouth. And if he actually bites through a cord, a severe shock
and unconsciousness could result. A very serious problem
related to electrocution is that of pulmonary edema or fluid build up in
the lungs. This requires aggressive medical treatment
. if this happens, call us immediately for advice then rush the pet
to our office.
But again, if its after hours rush him to the nearest emergency
||Aiding and preventing heat stroke - a very
serious condition and unfortunately a recurring problem due to Miami's
heat and humidity.
To prevent this life threatening problem, simply be sure not to leave pets
exposed to high temperatures and or poor ventilation.
A pet locked inside of an automobile or tied in a yard
without shade or fresh water is sure to be in danger.
The most visible signs of this condition are:
As the condition progresses the animal may
be unable to stand and can even go into
convulsions. If you suspect your pet is suffering
from heat stroke, remove him from the high-temperature area.
Douse him with cold water, and keep him cool while transporting him to a
As in all cases, prevention is the
cure. Never leave pets unattended inside an
automobile. Never leave your pet outdoors without shade and
fresh water. Never tie your pet where he cannot reach a shaded
area to cool off. And please, don't turn your garage, tool
shed, or any other unventilated area into a dog house.
Remember, we all need relief from the summer