Life is full of surprises...some of them very unwelcome. Any pet can be injured or become seriously ill, even at home, but especially outdoors, whether in a yard, dog park, or out walking or hiking.
In this article Dr. Jean provides some practical tips that every pet owner should be aware of for emergency situations you may encounter including: poisoning, seizures, fractures or sprains, bleeding and choking.
Emergency treatment and first-aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet's life on the way to your veterinarian and/or emergency veterinary facility.
A sick or injured pet may be in pain, scared, and confused, which can make it unpredictable. Even the calmest, gentlest pet may bite or scratch if injured. Handle the animal with a light touch and appropriate caution, and keep your hands and face away from its mouth.