4 tips to save your pet
The dog days of summer can be prime time for pet injuries. Be sure you know what to do if something happens to Fido or Fluffy on the homefront.
- Keep your vet and nearby emergency clinic contact inf ormation readily available. All of your pet's records should be in one place so you can grab 'em and go.
- Never leave your pet in a car on a warm day or outside with no shade as heatstroke can happen very quickly. If your animal does get too hot, move it to a shaded area and place a cold, wet towel around its neck. Use a hose or pour water continuously over the abdomen to help absorb some of the heat.
- If your pet has a seizure, don't get rattled. Refrain from restraining — but make sure it doesn't bump its head or get stranded in standing water. Time the seizure, keep it warm and call the vet.
- If you've got a scaredy cat or one that's injured, your pet can go into shock. Symptoms include a weak pulse, shallow breathing, nervousness and dazed eyes. Keep your pet restrained, warm and quiet. If it's unconscious, keep the head level with the body.