Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pet Safely: That dog nearly bit me!

I was out in the neighborhood the other day when i was reminded of an important message I thought was worth sharing...

A friend's dog had what appeared to be an injured paw - as I approached the dog (which I knew) it snarled and growled at me like it had never done so, snapping it's teeth at me and just missing my hand!

And then I remembered - hurt animals (even one's familiar to us) don't always act as we expect and we need to take extra care around them.

I jotted down some helpful hints that could save a pet's life AND protect you or a member of your family and wanted to share:

  • Approach the ill or injured pet slowly and cautiously.  Even your own pet can become aggressive when in pain or scared.
  • Don't make any sudden or loud movements; you might scare the animal.
  • If needed, use towels or blanket to subdue cats or small dogs.
  • Keep your veterinarian's phone number and address in a convenient location (on the fridge or in your phone perhaps) in your home.
  • Keep the phone number and address of an after-hours veterinary clinic, as well as directions to that clinic in a convenient location as well.  If possible call the clinic ahead of time so that the on-duty staff know you are coming and are aware of the nature of your pet's illness or injury.

Hopefully you will never have to deal with a situation where you need to seek emergency aid for an animal, but if you do, exercise caution-protect yourself first and then protect the animal.  

I am happy to report the dog is on the mend, though not so pleased about his 'cone of shame'...

Hope you have a great day!

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