Sarasota Emergency Vet Offers Free Pet First Aid and Pet Emergency Brochure

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Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota is offering the brochure as a free download on its Facebook page. The brochure lists must-have items for a pet first aid kit and explains how to respond in seven common pet emergencies.

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“I can’t stress enough how important it is to contact your vet or emergency clinic right away for guidance, and what a difference it can make in pet emergencies if you know how to help them immediately and have what you need close at hand."

Having a pet first aid kit on hand and responding quickly can save a pet’s life in a veterinary emergency, and Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota LLC (CCVSS) is offering a free pet emergency brochure on Facebook.

The Pet Emergencies Quick Reference Guide provides a comprehensive list of supplies and medications that should be readily available to help a pet in an emergency, and many of those items are not part of a family first aid kit, said Dr. Anne Chauvet, a veterinary neurologist and founder of CCVSS.

The brochure also provides guidance for pet owners to help their animals in seven common pet emergencies, including suspected poisoning, seizures, fractures, heat stroke, choking, bleeding, and when the pet is not breathing or has no heartbeat. The pet first aid brochure may be downloaded for free at CCVSS’ Facebook page, http://www.Facebook.com/criticalvetcare.

“Many people do not know that they can give CPR to their pet. We offer CPR classes for children and adults at our clinic,” Chauvet said. “If you can’t find a class, your veterinarian or 24 hour emergency vet hospital should be able to show you the proper method. I can’t stress enough how important it is to contact your vet or emergency clinic right away for guidance in an emergency situation, and what a difference it can make in pet emergencies if you know how to help them immediately and have what you need close at hand.”

Because pets can’t tell what is wrong with them and often are good at masking symptoms, Chauvet said pet owners should know how to check for serious conditions that could mean a cat or dog emergency when their pets are acting lethargic or not behaving as usual. Dehydration, for example, is serious, and pet owners can check by gently lifting the skin between a pet’s shoulder blades. If it falls into place slowly, the pet could be dehydrated, and pale or white gums could be a sign of internal bleeding. Both conditions require at least a call to a veterinarian and may require a trip to an emergency animal hospital, she said.

More information about CCVSS is available by calling 941-929-1818 or online at http://www.CriticalVetCare.com and http://www.Facebook.com/CriticalVetCare.

About Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota:
Critical Care & Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota LLC (CCVSS) was founded by veterinary neurologist and neurosurgeon Dr. Anne Chauvet in 2010, providing emergency, intensive care, neurology, surgery and other specialty care for family pets. CCVSS offers 24-hour emergency care, surgery and intensive care for patients following surgery and for those that are critically ill, have suffered a trauma or need monitored medical treatments like feeding tubes or mechanical ventilation. The practice also treats brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular conditions in animals. CCVSS is located at 4937 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla. More information is available by calling 941-929-1818 or online at http://www.PetNeuro.com and http://www.CriticalVetCare.com.

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