A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper

A Day in the Life of a Zookeeper
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

First Aid for your Pets

When it comes to pet first aid, preparation is the key

Most people are well aware of first-aid, and probably have a first-aid kit readily available at home, and in the workplace. But as a pet owner, it’s important to make sure you have at least basic first-aid supplies for your pets accessible to you in your household should an emergency occur. Luckily, many of the items in a standard human first-aid kit can do double-duty for pets!
Sick dog.
First of all, it’s important to have all information about your pet available to provide to a medical professional in the case of an emergency. This includes your pet’s species, breed, age, sex and weight. You’ll also want to have contact information for your pet’s primary veterinarian, as well as a local emergency veterinary clinic. It’s important to have this information on-hand and accessible before an emergency occurs, so you’re not rushing around during a time of high-stress. These details can make all the difference when it comes to getting your pet the fastest, most effective first aid treatment.
The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends having the following items on hand in the case of an emergency:
  • Gauze for wrapping wounds or for muzzling an injured animal that might be distressed and prone to biting
  • Nonstick bandages or towels to control bleeding
  • Adhesive tape to secure the bandages
  • Milk of magnesia or activated carbon for absorbing poisons (Note: always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before attempting to induce vomiting or otherwise treating your pet for poison)
  • Hydrogen peroxide – for inducing vomiting (see above note!)
  • Eye dropper to administer oral treatments or to flush out wounds
  • Always have a leash on-hand to safely transport your pet, especially if he can’t be safely crated
  • A stretcher – or a door, blanket or other sturdy surface – can be used to transport your pet if he is not capable of walking without causing further injury
For less serious injuries, Pet Solution is a great product to have available. It’s an all-natural, first-aid support formula made with electrolyzed oxidizing water, which helps pets’ wounds heal faster. It can be used to treat a variety of common problems, such as minor cuts and scrapes, larger abrasions, hotspots, insect bites, skin irritation and more.
A little preparation can go a long way when you’re faced with an emergency. Don’t get caught rushing around for supplies. Have everything organized and in one place so you can provide the best care for your pet when he needs you most.
Source:  http://www.marshallpet.com/blog/

I have some additions to my kit just based on the types of critters I have and experience:
Syringes - 1 cc, 3 cc and 10 cc - for feeding, giving water or meds
Cornstarch and Wonder Dust Wound Powder - have you heard the expression bleeding like a stuck pig - yeah - they mean it
Colloidal Silver - I use this for a bunch of different things - handy to keep in the kit
Tubes of glucose - these are left over from Clooney's insulinoma days but good to have for a blood sugar emergency
Eye ointment - this is left over Rx ointment but with this many critters who play like crazy and poke each other in the eyes it sure comes in handy
Vetasyl - fiber for pets - this is great for intestinal upset - works for both scenarios - not going or going too much
We also have carriers for everyone as well as a large pet stroller that could support Emma or Winston should they get injured and not be able to walk

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