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    Hi all

    I have just found this informative website with 1st aid advice for pets. I thought it would be helpful to members & their dogs.

    First Aid - Index

    Here is a snippet from sites Vet advice home page

    Introduction & Safety


    Every day first aid is used in the human field to save lives. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is used to save lives in drownings, heart attacks, car accidents and many more situations, by both trained professionals and the average person on the street. I learnt CPR as a young teenager doing a life saving course. I would recommend we all learn CPR and basic first aid. First aid for pets is taken from the human field and has been modified to suit their different shapes and sizes. These following pages have been written as a guide to help those interested in extending their knowledge into the animal field.

    So why learn first aid for pets? Dogs do fall in swimming pools and drown. Pets have been known to stop breathing after having a seizure either due to epilepsy or a toxin. In a recent case a kitten stopped breathing after the owner prevented it jumping out of his arms onto a busy street. Needless to say he should not have put the kitten in that situation however it did happen and had he not given the kitten mouth-to-mouth resuscitation it would have died. Dogs seem to regularly cut pads, go through plate glass windows and find themselves in all sorts of trouble. First aid can and does save lives. While the basic principles of first aid are the same for animals as for humans (that is they need to breath, have a beating heart and enough blood to carry the oxygen etc. around the body to survive), their differences in shapes and sizes means that how we go about, say CPR, is different for a dog or a cat. Also their metabolism of drugs can be spectacularly different so that common drugs such as aspirin and Panadol (paracetamol) can be fatal. I know in most first aid situations the pet is stressed and in pain however pain killers should be avoided as :-

    * they can be toxic especially to cats and
    * they may prevent the veterinarian treating your pet using more appropriate drugs due to cross reactions.

    In most instances your pet will need to see a veterinarian. It is always extremely important never to give human drugs without advice from your veterinarian.


    Your safety always has to come first. If you put yourself at risk and are injured then who will then help you? There is even a chance of being killed so use common sense and think of your own safety first.

    A dog or cat on the road needs to be moved off the road. A pet who has been electrocuted means the power supply must be turned off before the animal is approached. Don't jump in to a river to save your pet as you are more likely to become a statistic than the animal. The average tiger snake in Melbourne has enough venom to kill you and a St Bernard and have plenty left over. While we would like a dead snake for identification don't put yourself in danger collecting it. I know this sounds logical but people die each year under just these circumstances. How often on the news do we hear how a man died trying to save a child from drowning or the motorist who stopped to help at a car accident being hit and killed?

    Be careful.

    Then there is the added danger from the animal you are trying to help. There are no nasty infectious viruses (such as Rabies) you can catch from your pet in Australia, but bite wounds can be very severe and teeth act like hyperdermic needles forcing mouth bacteria deep into your tissue. Bites often become infected. A large dog can put you in hospital. Even your own dog who has never bitten anyone before may bite you because of the shock and pain. The first step in the first aid may be to restrain and muzzle a dog or restrain a cat.

    I hope these pages are useful. Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions or requests.

    Dr. Fiona Anderson BVSc.
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 29-09-2009, 11:16 AM.

  • #2
    Thanks Aussie Floyd.... site bookmarked !


    • #3
      Thanks AF
      Very handy!


      • #4
        Good stuff

        I have just reinstalled everything onto my new hard drive...need all these handy websites to add to my very bare favourites/bookmarks!!


        • #5
          Perfect for my accident prone MALE greyhound! Thankyou.


          • #6
            Great info!
            Education not Legislation


            • #7
              That will come in handy, Thanks AF


              • #8
                Thanks for that, hope I don't need it but great to have it if I do.


                • #9
                  Book marked. Thank you.

                  With snakebite too, thoroughly wetting the dog through (in a bath or shower, wrapping in wet towels as this can slow the progress if having to travel can help save a life.

                  This advice was given to me when I rang the vet for a cat that was bitten by a brown snake and totally flat and out of it when she collapsed after staggering half way up the hall. As she was fine half an hour before, the speed of this suggested a brown which we have around here. I also had an hour's drive to the vet. He saw her said not much hope but he could give her antiveneme for $750 a hit. This was done and years later she is still with me.

                  Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.


                  • #10
                    Thanks Aussie Floyd,
                    Great info .. You never know, this might just save a pooches' life one day!


                    • #11
                      Thanks AF...Great stuff! I bookmarked the site just in case I'll need it in the future
                      Dog Attitude


                      • #12
                        Great stuff, thanks. If anyone is looking for anti-venom for dog snake bite just google "Summerland serums". If you live in a highly populated area for snake {like me} you may find it useful.


                        • #13
                          I don't get it.
                          huacnic is posting real posts, he's putting effort into the post, and then those links are coming in with it.
                          Maybe his comp has a virus.
                          Education not Legislation


                          • #14
                            If your dog eats rat bait, take it straight to the vet. I nearly lost my 12 month old ACD bout 6 weeks ago from it. When we got him to the vet down in the Perth ( we live 2 hours from Perth) he only had an hour to live. It costed so over 3 grand to fix him, but he is worth it.


                            • #15
                              Hi Peta23, that must have been quite a worry for you, glad all is well and your boy survived. Did you take him to Murdoch, we found them fantastic there but yes very expensive.