Triage is a system of sorting casualties into three different categories:
- Those that will live with or without treatment
- Those that will die with or without treatment
- Those with life-threatening problems that require immediate medical attention in order to survive
The focus of a triage exam is:
- Vital functions: primarily airway, breathing and circulation
- Disability assessment
- Abdominal problems
In critical patients, interventions in the field should focus on:
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!
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control: Hotline: (888) 426-4435
- PREVENTIVE HEALTH IN PUPPIES
- Meet “Oliver”
- IS PET INSURANCE WORTH IT?
- MEDICAL INSURANCE SAVES LIVES
- THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE GETTING A PET
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