First Aid

  • HYPOTHERMIA

      What Happens? Hypothermia usually occurs because pets are either outside during extreme temperatures for some reason or have fallen into freezin...
  • HEATSTROKE

      What Happens? Pets overheat due to exposure to extreme temperatures Possible history of being left in car or playing outside during the middle o...
  • FALLING DOWN/COLLAPSE

      What Happens? Falling down can be caused by numerous issues Fainting (syncope) can be a cause of falling down Ataxia (ie walking like they are d...
  • FACIAL SWELLING

    What Happens? The most common causes for facial swelling are dental issues and some sort of allergic reactions. With dental issues, there is usua...
  • EYE INJURIES

      What Happens? The outside layer of the eye is called the cornea and is very thin.  Scratches or injuries to this layer (ie corneal ulcers) can g...
  • EAR ISSUES

      What Happens? The ear canal is basically an extension of the skin and is prone to infection. Ear infection can be caused by bacteria, yeast, or...
  • DIARRHEA

      What Happens? Diarrhea or loose stool is a very common ailment in dogs (less common in cats).   Causes for diarrhea can range from mild issues s...
  • CHOKING

    What Happens? Choking is when something is blocking the ability to breathe.  It can be caused by a foreign body (ie food or piece of toy) or comp...
  • BLOAT

    What Happens? The stomach fills with air or food to the point it stretches the stomach wall and becomes uncomfortable.   When bloated with air, t...
  • BIRTHING DIFFICULTIES

      What Happens? The normal length of pregnancy in cats and dogs is about 60 days. There are 3 stages of labor: nesting, active labor, and passing...
  • ABSCESS

      What Happens? Manifests when something (usually a wound, impacted anal gland, or bad tooth) allows an accumulation of bacteria under the skin t...
  • DOG AND CAT CPR - AMERICAN RED CROSS

      Check for breathing and a heartbeat… Check to see if the pet is breathing and check for a heartbeat. If you do not see your pet’s chest moving ...