Groovy’s Pet First Aid Tips for PAWrents

  1. In case of an emergency, call us immediately!
    Our emergency hotline number is 0811 – 888 2490. Save this number in your phone and have it available at all times.
  2. Have a First Aid Kit handy at all times.
    This handy checklist from PetMD tells you all the supplies you should have on hand for pet first aid – and includes:
    – Bandages – to help control bleeding and keep wounds clean
    – Scissors
    – Sterile saline eye wash and lubrication – to flush out debris or smoke
    – Water – to flush wounds, soothe burns, wash off toxins, soak paws, or to cool an overheated pet
    – Medications – talk to our veterinarians for recommendations
    – Mild dish soap – to remove toxins from the skin and fur
    – Thermometer and water-based lubricant – to determine whether your pet has a fever or is hypothermic (the normal body temperature for a dog / cat is approx. 37.2 – 39.2 degrees Celsius )
    – Blanket / towel, slip lead, muzzle – to restrain and secure your pet
    – Treats – to calm and distract an injured pet
  3. Comfort your injured pet.
    Knowing how to comfort an injured pet can help minimize your pet’s anxiety and also protect you and your family from injury. Know that pain and fear can make even the gentlest pet dangerous, so, for your safety, don’t try to hug and kiss them. Remain calm. We know that’s easier said than done. Please read basic tips for handling an injured pet, here.
  4. Know basic pet first aid procedures.
    Read these simple instructions for providing emergency first aid if your pet is suffering from poisoning, seizures, broken bones, bleeding, burns, shock, heatstroke, choking or other urgent medical problems. Print out a copy to keep with your pet emergency kit.
  5. First aid care does not substitute veterinary care.
    Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. Although first aid may save your pet’s life until it receives veterinary treatment, it is no substitute for veterinary care.
  6. These animal emergencies require immediate attention:
    – Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
    – Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging
    – Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine
    – Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool
    – Injuries to your pet’s eye(s)
    – You suspect or know your pet has eaten something poisonous (such as antifreeze, xylitol, chocolate, rodent poison, etc.)
    – Seizures and/or staggering
    – Fractured bones, severe lameness or inability to move leg(s)
    – Obvious signs of pain or extreme anxiety
    – Heat stress or heatstroke
    – Severe vomiting or diarrhea – more than 2 episodes in a 24-hour period, or either of these combined with obvious illness or any of the other problems listed here
    – Refusal to drink for 24 hours or more
    – Unconsciousness

Source: American Veterinary Medical Association and PetMD