Pet First Aid for Pet Professionals Level 3 (VTQ)

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Spinal Injuries

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Handling Spinal Injuries in Pets: Important Guidelines

Importance of Immobilization

When dealing with spinal injuries in pets, it's crucial to:

  • Avoid Movement: Moving the pet can exacerbate the spinal injury.
  • Ensure Safety: Safely transporting the pet to the vet is essential without causing further harm.

Safe Transportation to the Vet

Transporting a pet with a spinal injury requires:

  • Veterinary Assistance: Consider having the vet sedate the pet before transportation.
  • Minimized Movement: Use supportive equipment or enlist help to minimize movement during transfer.
  • Immediate Attention: Prompt veterinary care is crucial to assess and treat the injury effectively.

Causes of Spinal Injuries

Spinal injuries can occur due to various reasons:

  • Accidental Trauma: Injuries may result from accidents or falls.
  • Prolapsed Discs: Some spinal injuries stem from prolapsed discs, leading to sudden paralysis.
  • Predisposition: Certain dog breeds may be more prone to spinal issues, increasing the risk during everyday activities like walks or play.

Emergency Response

Immediate action is crucial:

  • Immobilization: Prevent any further movement to avoid worsening the spinal injury.
  • Veterinary Consultation: Seek veterinary assistance promptly for diagnosis and treatment options.