Veterinary healthcare is a little more complicated than healthcare for people, as there is not enough awareness about it. It is highly advisable to contact a qualified vet as soon as a situation like this arises. In emergency situations, pug owners should also have a general idea about basic first aid so that the situation at hand does not worsen.
Since pugs are very playful in nature, they tend to put themselves in troublesome situations. This includes putting everything in their mouth without knowing if it is poisonous or not. Here are a few basic first aid tips that pug owners should adhere to.
Basic Items In a First Aid Kit
Some of the bandaging materials that you should have in your first aid kit at all times include:
- Vet Wrap or Roll
- Elastic Bandages
- Gauze Pads
- Adhesive Tapes
- Non-stick wound pads
In case your pug gets injured, it is important that you have medication at hand that do not worsen the condition. Some of these include
- Alcohol (Rubbing)
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antibiotic Ointment or Powder
- Hydrocortisone Ointment
Antidotes for Poisons
In case your pug gets poisoned giving it charcoal liquid and the syrup of ipecac is enough to reduce the effects.
Medicines for Fever
Fever in your pug can be controlled by fever medication used for children, such as aspirin or Benadryl.
This list includes:
- Important information about your veterinarian’s contact details such as address and telephone numbers
- A Veterinary First Aid Handbook
- Cotton strips/balls
Handling Emergency Situations
A number of situations that arise require quick action and in order for that to be possible you need to make sure that your first aid kit is stocked at all times. Here are examples of some of the emergencies you may encounter with your pug and how you should handle them.
Pugs are known for putting everything in their mouth just like a child. If in case, a food item or any other object is lodged in their throat, you need to take instant action. If your pet is still choking then rush to the nearest veterinary clinic, but if he has stopped breathing then try the Heimlich Maneuver. If that does not work, use the tweezers available in your first aid kit to try and dislodge the object on the way to the clinic.
This is something you have to be extremely careful about. If your pug’s body temperature drops below 75 degrees then it is most likely that he/she will die. Wrap a towel in a hot water bottle, cover your pug’s chest area with it, and rush to the clinic.
In the end, the best way to take care of your pet is to keep yourself updated with the manual or handbook. Make sure you read it regularly and have enough information through it to handle emergency situations effectively. Your pets only want your love and attention, and it is your responsibility to know how to take care of them!