First, do no harm

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

As a pet parent, you try to provide the best care possible. Just be aware that some home treatments might do your pet more harm than good.

Here’s a sobering example. Recently, the owner of a dog with bilateral leg injuries reportedly wrapped them so tightly in bandages that one leg was lost and veterinarians struggled to save the other.

It’s crucial to know when home care is okay and when veterinary attention is a must. For example, if your pet falls and is limping but still able to bear full weight, you can monitor him while limiting exercise. But if you notice swelling or refusal to walk on a leg, a veterinary visit is in order. Meanwhile, resist giving over-the-counter pain meds, which could cause more problems.

The American Veterinary Medical Association webpage contains more tips on how to safely help your pet in a pinch.