FIRST AID TIPS FOR YOUR PET
Emergency treatment and first aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. But it may save your pet's life before you can get your pet to a veterinarian. Knowledge and preparedness can make a significant difference when an emergency strikes.
A few first aid tips at home
- Make sure everyone is safe and out of harm’s way – you as well as your pet. Even the sweetest pet may bite when it is in pain, so take precautions if you have to move them. You can fashion a ‘muzzle’ out of a belt or strip of cloth.
- Assess the situation and quickly decide if you need help. Make sure you always have your vet’s phone number handy, to call them immediately if you need to.
- Assess your pets vital signs – heart rate, breathing rate, and temperature. However don’t let this delay you getting to the vet if you feel that it is necessary.
- If your pet is bleeding, make an attempt to stop the bleeding by applying pressure or a tourniquet if needed… and then get to the vet.
- If your pet has a fracture, gently lay them on a flat surface for support and wrap them in a towel or blanket to keep them warm and calm. But it’s always best to leave any bandaging/splinting for the vet.
- Don’t be tempted to medicate your pet at home – some human medications are toxic to pets, and others can interfere with what the vet may need to give.
First Aid Kit at home
Keeping a stocked first aid kit at home can be a wise choice. Things to include are:
Your Veterinarian's phone number (9384 2644) and the Poisons Information number - 13 11 26
Scissors - for cutting out things matted in fur, or freeing your pet from entanglements
Sterile saline - for flushing out minor wounds
Tweezers - to remove splinters
Ear wash - you can speak to us about what one is best for your pet
Nail clippers - to trim torn nails.
Tape - 1" white medical tape
Gauze roll - used for bandaging, as an aid to stop bleeding
Vet Wrap - conforming bandage wrap that clings to itself
Antiseptic wash or wipes
Towel or blanket
A spare leash
It is better to be safe than sorry….
So if you have any concerns about your pet, don’t hesitate to give us a call – 9384 2644.