First Aid for Your Dog or Cat

You love your furry friend and, of course, you will do anything for keep him or her healthy and happy. You feed, groom and play with your pet; you walk your dog and clean up after they use the bathroom; you take your pet to the vet for shots and illnesses — and you do this all without complaining (for the most part) — because your pet is your family’s loyal friend, protector and loving companion.

However, there is something else you should do for your faithful, trusting pet: Learn what to do in case of an emergency.

If your dog appears to be in distress all of a sudden, would you know what to do? Would you recognize the symptoms of poisoning, a cardiac problem or an allergic reaction? It’s much more difficult to diagnose your pet than your verbal child, but knowing the signs of few common emergencies (as well as your pet’s normal behavior) will help you start treatment while you call the vet or before driving your dog to an emergency veterinary hospital.

The infographic below, Are You Prepared? Pet Medical Emergency Guide, provides information about eight common pet emergencies: allergic reactions, seizures, poisoning, cardiac, gastric dilatation volvulus (bloating), overheating, choking and bleeding. For each of these issues, the infographic tells you what may have caused the emergency, provides a list of symptoms, and briefly describes what you can do before calling the vet. Further, the infographic reminds you to get your beloved pet the mergency help he or she needs, as soon as humanly possible.

You’ll probably notice as you read the infographic that the one thing you should always do — regardless of the specific emergency — is call or visit your vet or animal emergency hospital. But depending on the type of emergency, there may be some things you can do to help your pet while waitng to reach the vet.

Be sure to download and print this infographic and keep a copy — or two or three — handy! You never know when you’ll need to refer to this information, and for the “love of dog”, you’ll want to have it nearby in case of emergency.

Dog Medical Emergency Guide created by Figo Pet Insurance.

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