First aid saving pets

By Connie Orcutt • Published: May 1st, 2017
Category: Animal Airwaves

As temperatures rise and our pets are outside longer, emergency risks start ticking up. Here are some important things to keep in mind.

Heat stroke can manifest as labored breathing, an unsteady gait or complete collapse. Some animals vomit or have diarrhea, develop deep red gums or drool excessively. Heat stroke is a true emergency.

A pet who’s been bitten also needs veterinary medical attention immediately. If a wound is bleeding, apply pressure with gauze or a cloth until you get to the clinic.

Other tips can be found on the American Red Cross Pet First-Aid App. The app also includes a veterinary clinic locator and a profile that stores your pet’s identification, photo and medical information.