You know we talk about a lot of stuff here… and a lot of time it’s about things just from a dog’s perspective because frankly, that’s how I see things. I’m a dog after all, and that just makes sense to me. I don’t bark a lot about what my Mom does and stuff because
1. It doesn’t interest me and,
2. She leaves me to do it and does it with OTHER animals.
OK, now that we have all of THAT cleared up, I’m gonna change things up today because actually what she does kinda can help all of us dogs (ok, and dumb cats) even when we are at home so I think we should talk about some of these things. I’ll try to keep it light and fluffy like me a bit, so hang in there. We’ll hit one topic today (oh yeah, she does LOTS of stuff) and then I’ll come back for more.
FIRST we will talk about FIRST AID. Yup, there are rules about it fur dogs and cats! Who knew??? Mom flies around up in those tubes where ya can’t get to a vet so she took classes to learn how to help the pets she flies with in case something goes wrong up there. A very common thing that happens where you might not have time to get to the DOGtor and if you knew a few simple things to do maybe you could change the outcome or buy yourself some time to get to the DOGtor… is choking. They can pick up a stick outside, or even just choke on the same biscuit they eat every day. Mom ran the following video on my Facebook page and it had the most shares ever, so we’ll post it here. This shows 3 ways to help your pet if it is choking:
Pretty handy to know to help your pet or possibly someone else’s. What if that pet stopped breathing? Think quick! Know how to do mouth-to-snout breathing?? Know where to check for a pulse? In a dog, you check the femoral artery (back inside thigh) instead of up front. CPR is very similar but a few differences and knowing what they are will make sure you actually do it effectively, like how to find correct hand placement. It isn’t hard at all: just bend the front leg up and where the elbow meets the chest is where the heel of your hand should go. Here’s a good video to show you CPR and give you an idea of what it looks like:
Another biggie that everyone should be aware of who has a dog at home is bloat. Bloat is the common term for Gastric Torsion and it happens more easily than you can imagine. It is most common in large dogs and ones with barrel chests, but can happen in many breeds. It happened to my bridge bro Buddy once after swimming and gulping a lot of water. Gulping air and water together is a common cause, exercise right before or after a big meal is another. Knowing the signs is real important because then you can step in before it gets outta hand ya know?? Often we dogs will pace around and just not get comfortable, maybe paw at our face a bit, act real anxious, the textbook sign is unproductive retching. What has happened is the stomach has turned on itself, often taking the spleen with it. This cuts off the blood supply returning to the heart and in very little time will kill your pet. IT IS ALWAY A REASON TO GET TO THE VET NOW!!!! It is the one reason Mom will always ask a pilot to land the plane! It is like a heart attack for a human, you can’t fix it at home, you need a trauma center. How can you buy time??? Always have a product in the house with Simethicone in it (like Mylanta) to administer because it starts with a gas buildup and you may be able to divert or delay the problem.
Whew, I’m skeerin’ myself here! I sure am glad my Mom knows about all this stuff so I don’t have to worry. If you want to learn about all of this so you feel secure too just contact your local Red Cross and find out when they are giving a class in Pet First Aid, or get online and find out if anyone teaches a PetTech PetSaver class near you. Oh, and if you are wondering about the picture of the Pet Oxygen Masks at the top of the page… Mom always carries those on her flights in case of decompression or fire. You may not feel like you need it in your home, but wouldn’t you feel better if you knew your fire department was outfitted with them so they could help your pets in case of a fire??? Check it out and see if they have them and if they don’t, see if they’ll let you donate some. If they will, give our friends at the Emma Zen Foundation a call and get things rolling. Then your whole town will be protected thanks to you!