The new (and old) beagle owners cames sometimes in situations in the everyday life where needs to take decisions what to do - whether you run to the vet? Is this an emergency? What to do if the dog acts sick at once?
Here are a few tips - NOT replacing the vet - in case of doubt or uncertainty my advice is to consult with your own veterinarian!
What belongs in every medicine cabinet for dogs?
Tick tweezers, fever thermometer (preferably digital), scissors with rounded tips, tweezers, wound dressings, wadding, gauze, disinfectant, bandaids, charcoal tablets, tick and mosquito repellent, ears lotion
possibly: saline, paw protectors, flashlight, calcium, painkillers (from the vet)
Before you run to the vet, follow the "emergency researches" should be carried out by yourself:
Breathing: normal breathing rate is 10-40 breaths / minute with regular rhythm and is the type a so-called chest breathing.
Awareness: Is the dog responsive?
Circulation: Pulse: To measure the pulse with the fingertips, the inner surface of the femur just below the hip joint.
Heart rate: 80-120 beats / minute, small dogs: 100-170 beats / minute, up to 220 puppies beats / minute. An increased heart rate is found in stress, fever, blood loss, heart disease, while a decreased heart rate suggests a poison, a skull-brain trauma or hypothermia.
Capillar fill time: press 1-2 seconds to the inner side of the mouth and releases, the mucous membrane discoloration change in 1-2 seconds from white to pink. The capillar fill time is increased in shock (as the peripheral blood vessels are constricted), pain, or poisoning.
Mucous membrane color: The mucous membranes are usually pale pink. In shock, pain, blood loss and anemia are the mucous membranes, white with blood poisoning, heat stroke, they are red.
Measuring body temperature is rectally, which is usually the body temperature from 38.3 to 39 ° C.
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