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Planning for Pet Emergencies
Bandage material - gauze squares, roll gauze, Vet Wrap or CoBan, and white tape. Remember to never apply a wrap tightly - this can cause loss of blood supply and swelling below the bandage. If it needs to be bandaged, it needs to be seen by your vet.
Benadryl - 1 mg per pound or 1 caplet per 25 lbs, 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds, given up to three times daily
Dramamine - 4-8mg per pet three time daily
Pepto liquid (pets don't chew the tablets), give 1/2 to 1ml per lbs or 1 tablespoon per 15-30lb pet.
BIRDS - Hemostats - Birds have special problems with bleeding "blood feathers". These feathers are newly grown in feathers that are still encased in a transucent material that protects them while they are still growing. If one of these feathers is broken or accidentally cut while wing trimming, it will bleed and will tend to not stop even with pressure. Treatment consists of firmly grabbing the feather with a hemostat clip or a plier, grasping the wing at the base of the feather firmly, and slowly pulling the feather straight away - increasing pressure until the feather slides out. The bleeding left will be slight and will respond to pressure. It takes a bit of a strong pull in a larger bird, but doing it gradually is best as a sharp pull could injure your bird's wing. You will need someone to hold the bird's head to prevent biting, as this is uncomfortable but necessary to stop the bleeding.
HORSES - Leg wraps - Horses have a tendancy to have cut legs. Having proper leg wraps goes a long way to healing these injuries. With the advent of "Vetwrap", some owners apply a few pieces of gauze to a cut and hold them in place with the Vetwrap. A wrap like this, with no significant padding, can bind tendons and cause problems. It is far better for the wound and the leg to have a non-stick or guaze with ointment applied to the wound, a light gauze roll wrap (under no pressure) a couple of times to hold it in place, a quilted cotton leg wrap (most are about 12X17 or so and will go around the leg a couple times), and top it with either a track or polo wrap or a roll of vetwrap. This last layer can be applied a bit snuggly since there is padding underneath to spread the pressure evenly. Once you get to your veterinarian, they can advise you of how to adjust your technique if needed. Some areas are much harder or trickier to bandage than others.