June 2018: Vet's Advice

May 30 2018

999: what pet owners need to know

Whether your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, been run over by a car or injured whilst out on a walk, emergency situations are frightening for everyone concerned. 

If your pet has an accident we always recommend that you call your vet immediately for help. However, forewarned is forearmed and knowing what to do in an emergency could make all the difference and even save your pet’s life. 

The most common injuries we see are broken bones, poisoning, seizures and collapse. Basic first aid training teaches owners how to safely move their pet after an accident, stop bleeding, bandage the affected areas, deal with seizures and most importantly how and when to seek help.

The hazards that pets are exposed to increase during the summer months with insect bites (even snake bites occasionally) and heatstroke coming into play.  For instance, did you know that dogs only sweat through their paws and their tongue and are therefore much more likely to suffer from heatstroke than we are? 

If you would like to learn more about basic first aid for cats and dogs, we are hosting an evening on 7th June at our head office in Whitchurch, Bristol. For more details and to book your place simply contact the practice on 01275 832410.