PET FIRST AID
CPR for Pets...
Be Prepared for an Emergency!
A= AIRWAY B=BREATHING C=CIRCULATION
1. AIRWAY...Check first to see if anything is in your Pet’s mouth in case of choking. Clear the airway if possible. If you are unable to clear the airway, perform the Heimlich.
2. BREATHING...To check breathing hold a cotton ball or piece of tissue in front of the nose and look for movement or hold a mirror in front of nose and look for condensation. If not breathing, place on a firm surface with left side up.
3. CIRCULATION...Check for a heartbeat by listening at the area where the elbow touches the chest. Or place your hand cupped around the chest for a cat or small dog to feel for a heartbeat. Stethoscopes can also be purchased inexpensively at medical stores to assist you in listening for a heartbeat.
If you hear/feel a heartbeat but the Pet is not breathing, close the Pet's mouth and breathe directly into the nose--not the mouth--until the chest expands. Repeat 12 to 15 times per minute.
If there is no heartbeat, apply heart massage at the same time. Place one hand below the heart to support the chest. Place other hand over the heart and compress gently. To massage the hearts of cats and other tiny pets, compress the chest with the thumb and forefingers of one hand. Apply heart massage 80-120 times per minute for larger animals and 100-150 per minute for smaller ones. Alternate heart massage with breathing.
Download this brochure on CPR and keep it handy in case of an emergency...
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Natural Emergency Remedies:
APIS...remedy for bee stings and can be given immediately and repeated every 15 minutes.
Arnica 30C...Excellent for first aid use to promote healing. Use to ease swelling & pain of injuries, sprains, muscle strain & ache for any trauma or bruising.
LACHESIS is very useful for snake bites as well as LEDUM which is good for any type of puncture wound.
Rescue Remedy...Great to help calm Pets and reduce anxiety. www.bachflower.com
TRAUMEEL...a combination product great for injuries. http://www.heel.ca/pdf/fact/Traumeel_en.pdf