Pets have a way of making the whole world seem like a more fascinating and engaging place. While that is part of what many owners love about their dogs and cats, the curiosity and drive that so many pets display can also be dangerous.
In some cases, pets end up harming themselves by nosing into things that might be better left alone. Whether with a dog suffering from a skunk’s spray or a cat whose adventures resulted in abrasions, owners who know how to respond can always help minimize the harm. As a new blog post linked by Nuvet on twitter makes clear, learning the basics does not need to be difficult.
A Lack of Understanding Can Make an Injured Pet Fearful or Worse
As the company’s post takes pains to point out, pets who have suffered some harm will often seem nothing like their usual selves. Even the calmest, most trusting dog or cat will tend to respond to an injury or other problems in ways that can easily throw owners out of sorts.
Unfortunately, a pet who has become overly agitated because of a cut or an adverse encounter with wildlife like a skunk can thereby end up being exposed to even more danger. The first priority, in most cases, should generally be to try to calm the animal down before proceeding any further.
That will typically be the best way of making sure that the situation can be assessed without trouble. Even so, pet owners should be aware that a dog’s or cat’s uncontrollable reflexes could still cause it to snap or lash out if an injury is probed in painful ways.
Injuries That Cannot Easily Be Addressed Should be Turned Over to Professionals
In most cases, initial inspection will reveal that perhaps a bit of cleaning and the application of a bandage might be all that is needed. In just about any case where a wound looks more serious, however, a trip to a trusted veterinarian will normally be merited. Before loading an injured dog or a cat into a vehicle for the ride over, however, it will often make sense to try to dress the wound to prevent any further problems from developing.