First Aid Kit for your Pets

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Much like we keep first-aid kits for ourselves, it can be a good idea to have a first-aid-kit ready in case of emergency for your pets or if you find a wandering stray animal. We have compiled a list of a few simple items that may be handy to keep at home or in the back of your car in case of an emergency.

Please note: In any emergency it is vital to assess the situation fully to prevent further injury to the animal or injury to yourself. This includes being mindful of traffic if an animal has been hit by a car and/or being aware that pain, stress and shock can cause otherwise docile animals to lash out and bite or scratch.

 1.  Gauze, Cotton Wool, Bandages and Tape:

When dampened, gauze can be used to clean abrasions. Bandaging materials are also useful for applying pressure to bleeding wounds or to immobilize injured limbs. Bandages should be applied firmly, but not too tight to cut off blood supply.

2.  Towels:

Clean towels are very useful in a pet emergency. Not only can they be used for putting pressure on bleeding wounds, they can also be used to keep injured animals warm, wrap up cats, or they can also be used as stretchers if needing to move a large immobile dog. 

3.  Dog lead:

Leads are not only useful to restrain your own dog or a roaming stray, but in the event of an emergency, they can also be used as a muzzle. From under the chin, wrap the lead around the dog’s muzzle and tie on top of your dog’s snout. Then wrap the ends back underneath the chin, cross over and tie the behind the dog’s head.
Even if you completely trust your dog, pain and shock can cause them to lash out and act unexpectedly so this is a good safety precaution. A belt, stocking or shoelace can be used in a similar fashion.

4.  A small pair or scissors:

Can be used to cut tape when affixing bandages or to free an animal that has become tangled in something such as fishing wire.

5.  Lectric Soda (washing soda):

Washing soda crystals (purchased from any supermarket) can be used to induce vomiting in case your dog has swallowed something they shouldn’t have. Administer one or two crystals orally in the same way you would give a tablet to a dog. 

Always speak to the veterinary clinic before inducing vomiting. Depending on what your pet has ingested, vomiting may not be advisable as it may cause more harm, so please seek veterinary advice first.

6.  Saline Ampoules:

Saline is handy for flushing away dirt or gravel from a wound. Small ampoules can be purchased from a chemist.

7.  Phone number and address of your local vet and/or emergency centre:

Knowing who to contact and where to go can save a lot of time in an emergency. You can call for advice or to let the clinic know you are on your way with an emergency.

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