First Aid Tips For Your Pet From Dr. Fleming

First Aid/Emergency Supplies for your Pet

There are a few simple first aid supplies that you can keep in your household or cottage that can help in case of an emergency while you are traveling or on vacation:

  • Phone numbers for your veterinarian, and a local emergency clinic in the area you are traveling
  • Pets’ vaccine and medical history (especially if your pet suffers from a chronic illness)
  • Gauze and wrap (can obtain from your veterinary clinic or local pet store) – to use to wrap any cuts or wounds
  • Muzzle – if a pet is injured it is important to consider placing a muzzle as they can react aggressively when scared or injured.  **NEVER USE IF A DOG OR CAT IS VOMITING**
  • Warm blanket
  • Tick twister – an easy and safe way to remove a tick
  • Topical antibiotic ointment – can be used as a first-line treatment for a cut or scape
  • Anti-histamine – if your pet is prone to allergic reactions (eg. from bug bites, etc) – call your veterinarian to discuss a dose and medication that would be right for your pet

Basic tips for handling an injured pet

IfFirst Aid Tips For Your Pet From Dr. Fleming your pet is injured, he/she could be in pain and is also most likely scared and confused. You need to be careful to avoid getting hurt, bitten or scratched.  It is best to seek veterinary care immediately to ensure your pet receives prompt treatment.

  • Never assume that even the gentlest pet will not bite or scratch if injured. Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable or even dangerous.
  • Don’t attempt to hug an injured pet, and always keep your face away from its mouth. Although this may be your first impulse to comfort your pet, it might only scare the animal more or cause them pain.
  • Call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic before you move your pet so they can be ready for you when you arrive.

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