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When a pet is bleeding, the sand is slipping through the hour glass. Remain calm and apply pressure. Remember that bleeding is just as simple as a hole in a glove. To practice stopping bleeding, you can make your own practice model with a latex glove, some red chile powder and water. Comment below and share if you have had real life experience with managing bleeding.

3.1 Bleeding

You can use a latex glove filled with water (dyed with food colouring or chili powder) to practice managing bleeding. Sometimes you’re dealing with an artery that bleeds very quickly and sometimes it’s just a tiny little bleeder, a really small artery. I actually have seen many pets that nearly blood to death from a very small artery, so controlling bleeding is very important.

The blood carries the oxygen to the tissues. You only have a certain amount of blood in your body and you can die if you lose even half of that or less very suddenly. So whenever you’re dealing with bleeding, the clock is ticking.

Bleeding is as simple as a hole in a glove.

  1. Remain calm
  2. Apply pressure (hold your finger on there, don’t remove the pressure or more blood will be lost)
  3. Clean around so you can see
  4. Keep track of blood loss (try try not to overdo it on the gauze: over-stacking gauze can make it difficult to see if the bleeding is ongoing)
  5. Maintain broad pressure (can help to use a piece of cardboard)
  6.  Apply a bandage that continues to control the bleeding (I like to use the white because you can see the strike through if you get more bleeding).
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Here are the 3 best pieces of advice from the emergency vet that could save your pet’s life:

1) DON’T WAIT TOO LONG TO GET HELP!

If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, “when in doubt, check it out!”

2) PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE

Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (such as toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at 8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.

3) BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO

Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners’ ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.

**REMEMBER**: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, with the best interest of the patient as everyone’s first priority. Let your vet do what he/she does best, and don’t try to grab the steering wheel and obstruct your vet from doing his/her job. We are all in the same car, we are all headed to the same place, but only one of us has the driver’s license (meaning, only the vet has the medical training and background to “drive the car”).

Please remember to spay/ neuter your pet, and to donate to your local animal shelter- they really need your help!

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