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The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets) Paperback – March 7, 2001
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It's every pet owner's nightmare: suddenly your four-legged friend isn't breathing. What to do? There is no 911 for pets, so it's up to you to save a life. The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats is a straightforward guide that covers both major problems--CPR, heat stroke, and strangulation--and minor ones, such as swollen tails, ingrown nails, and flea allergies. Beginning with simple tests and explanations of general care issues like dehydration examinations and triage, this guide then moves on to an alphabetical listing of every possible situation, from arrow wounds to worms.
The individual sections are good for both general reading and instant assistance. Each one starts with a notice of when to call the vet--immediately, the same day, or as needed. It also lists what items from your pet's medicine chest will be needed, which may include anything from corn syrup to towels and panty hose. The information that follows this simple checklist is divided into "do this now," "special situations," "follow-up care," and "the best approach." Whenever necessary, simple sketches are included to help show proper technique, such as fashioning an instant muzzle from a pair of nylons, or how to cover a dog's head in case of an ear-flap injury. Relying frequently on common household items like antihistamines, turkey basters, Gatorade, and plastic wrap, this guide assumes most of us won't have special medical training or supplies and focuses on very specific and simple methods of helping your pet achieve the best possible care. Even more importantly, many suggestions are included on prevention of accidents--isn't it easier to get that window screen repaired than to rush your kitty to the vet after a bad fall?--Jill Lightner
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I currently live with a 20-year-old Siamese wannabe, and a 2-year-old silver shaded tabby delinquent who together keep my 9-year-old German Shepherd comedian dog in line.
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Nothing I have been exposed to makes it easy , by layout and need . Pretty much even information between dogs and cats.
This is how the Military writes their book for field work for Navy Corpsman . Simple to a degree but made to save a life.
If your in over your head go to the veterinarian .
She lists an essential medicine chest to have to treat your dog or cat. Many of the medicines she lists are human medicines in reduced strength. Plus meds never to give especially to cats. I liked the easy at a glance symptom finder to use. There are areas on how to prevent accidents. There are some basic illustrations with clinically proven techniques.
I just killed a prairie rattle snake in our driveway at our ranch in OK. A neighbor had come over and said about a week ago a rattle snake bit her puppy in the face and the dog eventually died. At least I have a book that describes what to do if one of our dogs gets bit by a rattlesnake before taking the dog to the Vet.
Also I have seen Black Widow spiders. There is a section on insect bites too.
The book has a chapter what to do if a dog or cat is accidentally shot plus what to do if the dog or cat gets poisoned... maybe eating a poisonous plant, antifreeze or lots of chocolate. Many more chapters on a wide array of emergencies that could happen to your cat or dog and what you can do and sometimes to take the stricken animal immediately to the Vets.
Five stars for a great first aid book on cats and dogs at the right technical level for all family members ( INMO age fifteen and up) to use. INMO get this book first for quick information and techniques for your emergency first aid on dogs and cats, then latter a more detailed book you can read deeper about the subject you are interested in after the danger to the animal has past.
I liked that this book is not super technical. Any member of our family can use it to save one of our cats or dogs. You don't have to have vast medical experience to use it. This was the right technical level for us.
I have another book three times as big with detail descriptions of internal organs and detailed medical information. It was written for operating Veterinarians. In an emergency you may not have time to wade through technical analysis. Maybe after the emergency is over more time can be used on a more detailed book.