Pet Lover's Guide to First Aid and Emergencies


  • Tom Day, DVM, MS, DACVA, DAVCECC, Louisville Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Services, Louisville, KY

Part of the Pet Lover's Guide series, this volume describes how to recognize an emergency — including surveying the pet and assessing the scene. A list of emergency situations and how to respond is included. The book offers an alphabetical list of both major and minor emergencies, their causes, signs, and first aid treatment. Both dogs and cats are included in each general category. In addition, the book describes CPR and includes suggestions for a pet first-aid kit, including which human drugs may be used on pets.
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Book information

  • Published: September 2005
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-2531-3

Table of Contents

1. What is normal in your pet?
2. Learning to recognize an emergency
3. Emergency situations and what to do (and what NOT to do)

a. trauma
i. Hit by car
ii. Gunshot would
iii. Fight with another animal
iv. Falling from a height
b. difficulty breathing
c. seizures
d. cuts and gashes
e. excessive bleeding
f. snake or insect bites
g. heat stroke
h. poisoning
i. shock
j. open wounds with or without exposed bones, etc.
k. burns
l. etc.
4. How to perform CPR
5. Specific emergencies (examples) – alphabetical listing

a. Abrasions (cuts and scrapes)
i. Causes
ii. Signs
iii. First Aid
b. Balance, loss of
i. Causes
ii. Signs
iii. First aid
c. Back, broken
i. Causes
ii. Signs
iii. First aid
d. etc.
6. First Aid Kit