One of my last emergencies was being called in for a Big dog/ small cat attack.
Unfortunately there are some cat aggressive dogs that are NOT supervised.
There are no consequences for the absentee dog owner, althought there should be.
If the same dog had attacked a child, he likely would have been euthanized.
But with our antiquated animal laws, NOTHING happens.
This cat, Mark, had no visible sigsn of injury, but his owners noticed a big change in
his breathing, so they rushed him to see me.
Mark had a collapsed lung, and a condition called pneumothorax. I immediately
confirmed this by X-Ray and relieved the pressure with a needle.
Here is what you should know about chest injuries..
CALL THE VET IMMEDIATELY. The chest is well protected by the ribs, but small
dogs and cats are especially vulnerable to serious punctures that go into
ASSESS BREATHING. If your pet has her neck stretched out, and is taking
deep labored breaths, be concerned about a puncture extending into the
lungs. The condition in which the lungs collapse is called pneumothorax,
and this requires immediate care. Your veterinarian has to place a needle
into the chest and remove the pressure so that the lungs can begin to work again.
CONTROL BLEEDING. If there is significant bleeding, stop it. I seldom see
this in external chest wounds. The easiest way is to place a gauze square
or sanitary napkin over the wound and apply pressure for 5 minutes. If it
soaks through add another pad on top of the original one.
SHOCK. Any serious chest wound can lead to shock. Wrap your pet
in a blanket to keep him warm, place a few drops of honey in his
gums, and get to your vet ASAP. There are more details on shock on page.
WOUND CARE. Every chest wound should first be covered. If you can hear
a “sucking” noise, then the wound goes into the lungs. First cover the
wound with a large amount of K-Y jelly. Then wrap the wound and K-Y jelly
with Saran Wrap. This will seal the wound and prevent further air from
entering the lung cavity. This may give your pet the extra time you need
to rush to the vet and receive emergency treatment.
P.S. Mark the cat responded well.
P.P.S. You can know EXACTLY what to do with every common dog
and cat emergency with my newest book on Pet First Aid..
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Heal your pet at home!
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM