Emergency Veterinary Services & First Aid

fps-photos20All after hours emergencies (including holidays and weekends) are referred to the following:

The Northway Animal Emergency Clinic

35 Fawn Road
Gansevoort, NY 12831
518-761-2602
www.northwayanimalemergency.com

Wild Life Animals

If you have found a wild animal in need of medical assistance, do not try to help the animal yourself. Please contact North Country Wild Care at 518-964-6740.

First Aid for your Pet

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As a pet owner, you need to make sure to have basic first aid supplies for your pets in your household. Have this kit in the house and fully stocked with supplies at all times, next to the first aid kit for your family. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets, too.

Gauze
For wrapping wounds or muzzling the injured animal

Nonstick bandages, towels, or strips of clean cloth
To control bleeding or protect wounds

Adhesive tape for bandages
*Do NOT use human adhesive bandages (eg, Band-Aids®) on pets For securing the gauze wrap or bandage

Milk of magnesia
Activated charcoal To absorb poison
Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison

Hydrogen peroxide (3%) to induce vomiting
Always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center before inducing vomiting or treating an animal for poison

Digital Thermometer
You will need a “fever” thermometer because the temperature scale of regular thermometers doesn’t go high enough for pets To check your pet’s temperature. Do not insert a thermometer in your pet’s mouth – the temperature must be taken rectally.

Eye dropper (or large syringe without needle)
To give oral treatments or flush wounds

Muzzle (in an emergency a rope, necktie, soft cloth, nylon stocking, small towel may be used)
To cover your pet’s head. If your pet is vomiting, do not muzzle it!

Leash
To transport your pet (if your pet is capable of walking without further injury)

Stretcher (in an emergency a door, board, blanket or floor mat may be used)
To stabilize the injured animal and prevent further injury during transport

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.