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How to Handle Pet Health Emergencies

Just like kids, dogs and cats are prone to accidents. "It's so important not to panic when your pet is hurt," says Ines de Pablo, chief officer of Wag'N Enterprises, specialists in pet emergency management. "Having the right tools on hand and enough knowledge about how to help before you can get to the vet is crucial." Our guide shows you how to prevent incidents and be prepared if and when a problem strikes.

By Caren Oppenheim

Track Your Pet's Health

De Pablo suggests performing a health assessment on a weekly basis so you can catch a small issue before it becomes something major. Keep your pet safe by doing the following:

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Pet First Aid 101

Learning standard first-aid skills means you'll be able to help your pet when a crisis arises. Here are the essentials.

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Pet First-Aid Kit Essentials
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Buy: The Skinny Mayday Pet First Aid Kit, wagn4u.com, $19. For every kit purchased, $1 will be donated to the Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Cancer Campaign.

Conditions That Require Immediate Medical Attention
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Ines de Pablo, chief officer of Wag'N Enterprises, lists the following situations as those requiring emergency veterinary care:

Head, chest, or abdomen trauma

A prolonged or first seizure

Arterial bleeding

Fractures

Animal, chemical, and environmental poisoning

Shock

Respiratory distress

A sudden inability to walk

Bloating

Unconsciousness

Smoke inhalation

Nose bleeds

Impalements

Spinal cord and neck injuries

Falls

Blunt trauma from a car accident

Heat stroke

Hypothermia

Frostbite

A protruding eye injury

A loss of pulse after administering CPR

Choking scenarios

Bloody urine or stool

Facial swelling

Anaphylaxis

Originally published in the July 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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