Pets bring a lot of joy into their owner’s lives. When a new pet is brought home is it always the hope that it will live a long, healthy, happy life. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and it is up to the owner to make sure the animal is properly cared for in the event of an injury.
Dogs and cats of all ages can be hurt when they misjudge a jump or a fall. Small dogs may try to leap onto or off of beds and couches that are too high for them. Cats, while known for their ability to land safely from a variety of heights, can make mistakes that result in damage to the limbs or back. Torn ligaments and broken bones are hard to heal in animals, who do not understand that they should stay off of their injured limbs. Surgery is sometimes an option, while other therapies are available at places like Walking Paws Rehab.
Heatstroke can become serious very quickly. If it is suspected that an animal has the symptoms of heatstroke, they should be treated immediately. An animal that becomes suddenly ill or sluggish in a warm environment should have its temperature taken. Do not leave a pet alone in a hot house or car and make sure they have access to water at all times.
Ingesting Inedible Objects
Dogs and cats are naturally curious creatures. That makes them prone to chewing and swallowing objects that could be harmful. Swallowed toy parts, phone chargers, socks and needles are just some of the many things that veterinarians have treated pets for. Toys should be monitored, and when they become small enough to fit inside the animal’s mouth, they should be taken away.
Remember that animals are also drawn to things that they think are food but are not. Pets accidentally consume poisonous substances while their owners are not looking and can be seriously harmed. Rat poison and car chemicals like antifreeze attract pets, along with flowers that can be deadly if ingested. Certain human foods like grapes, chocolate and onions are also bad news for pets and should be kept out of reach.
Owning a pet should be an enriching experience for both animal and owner. It may not be possible to prevent all accidents from occurring, but by being mindful of where the pet is and what they are doing, it is possible to stop many of them before they happen.