First Aid for Pets

CPR for Cats and Dogs

17th January 2015

CPR for cats and dogs is similar to CPR for humans. These directions assume the animal is unconscious and the risk of being bitten by the animal is not present Remove any obstruction. Open animals mouth and make sure the air passage is clear. If not remove the object obstructing the air passage. Extend the head and give several artificial respirations: For large dogs: close the animal’s jaw tightly and breathe into the nose. The animal’s chest should rise. Give 2 breaths. For small dogs and cats you may be able to cover the nose and mouth with your mouth as you breathe. The animal’s chest should rise. Give 2 breaths. Next perform chest compression For large dogs you may be able to position the [More…]

Hypothermia in Cats: Symptoms and Treatment

17th January 2015

If the temperature drops far enough this winter, your cat could be at risk of developing hypothermia. This can potentially be fatal, especially if it is not promptly treated. Here’s what you need to know to protect your cat from the dangers, plus some tips on what to expect if your cat is affected. How Hypothermia Occurs Being exposed to cold air is the most common cause of hypothermia, especially if your cat’s fur is also wet. Cold water can also trigger hypothermia if exposure happens for long enough. Other causes can include shock, toxic shock, malnutrition and conditions that affects the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. Preventing Hypothermia As far as possible, look to limit or prevent your cat’s exposure to [More…]

Keeping Your Dog’s Skin and Paws Healthy This Winter

17th January 2015

Winter can be tough on your dog’s skin and paws. Cold weather can cause irritation and discomfort. Here are some tips for protecting your dog against the elements this winter. Keep Your Dog’s Paws and Nails Well Groomed A good grooming routine is vital for keeping your dog’s paws healthy during the winter. In particular, the fur between the paw pads should be kept short and on an even level with the pads so that ice balls are less likely to form. This can otherwise lead to pain and trauma for your pet. Nail trimming is another important aspect of winter grooming, not least because longer nails will also increase the chances of ice and snow being able to get between the paw pads and [More…]