FIRST AID TIPS FOR HEAT STROKE AND EXPOSURE TO POISONS

By: Jamie Jordan – 

With summer on the horizon, both heat and lawn chemicals can lead to dangerous conditions for your pets. Here are some tips to help keep your pet safe until you can seek veterinary care. In the event of an emergency, first aid can save your pet’s life but it is vital that you seek veterinary care following the first aid to ensure your pet the best chance of healing, comfort, and survival.

Leaving your pet in a hot car can be a tragic mistake, as it doesn’t take long for the interior of a vehicle to reach life-threatening temperatures for an animal. If you have a pet that is kept outdoors weather conditions can be dangerous as well. Make sure that your pet has a shaded place to get out of direct sunlight and has plenty of water available.

In the event that your pet has a heat stroke, you should immediately seek medical care. However, if you are not in a place where you can get your pet to the vet immediately get your pet into the shade or out of direct sunlight. If you are able, wet a towel and wrap it
around your pet’s neck and head. Be sure not to cover your pets mouth, nose, or eyes. Wring out the towel and repeat to get your pet’s temperature lowered until you are able to get your pet to your veterinarian. Cool water can also be run over the pet’s feet, but be
careful not to submerge the pet in cold water.

Many chemicals used to keep lawns beautiful can be hazardous to our pets. Use caution and read labels carefully if your pets will be exposed to treated areas. If your pet ingests or is exposed to a poison or toxic substance seek veterinary care immediately. Look for any packaging or labels for emergency care directions. For example, if your pet gets a toxin in their eyes find the label and see if you are able to rinse the toxin from the eyes. If no label is available or you are unsure if the substance is poisonous call the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. Bring any packaging or labels to your veterinarian as soon as possible. The faster the poison or toxin is identified the faster the veterinarian can begin treatment.

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931-427-8383

For after-hours care and emergencies:

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256-715-8389

Ardmore Companion Animal Hospital
25547 Main Street
Ardmore,TN 38449
Phone: (931) 427-8383