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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
FOR BURNS 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 whitish.

Whichever the case, check with us immediately or any emergency veterinarian clinic.

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 veterinarian clinic.
HEAT STROKE 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:

Rapid breathing
reddened gums
skin hot-t-the-touch

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 veterinary hospital.

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 heat.

 

   
   
   
   
 

Quail Roost Animal Hospital
Julio A. Ibáñez, D.V.M.
10575 S.W. 186 Street (Quail Roost Drive)
Miami, Florida   33157
(305) 235-4991 Office