Over the next 6 weeks, we will be bringing you a series of blogs on pet first aid. What you can do at home or in a park to potentially save your pets life in an emergency.
What Is First Aid?
Basically put, first aid is the initial help given to the sick until full medical treatment is available. Basic first aid knowledge is comprised of relatively simple techniques and procedures that can be performed with limited equipment and is typically carried out until professional medical assistance arrives.
Why is First Aid Important?
First aid can save a human or animal life. It gives you the tools to prevent a situation from becoming worse. In some situations, if a patient doesn't receive basic first aid care immediately their situation will deteriorate – often rapidly. By being able to provide the most basic care you can stabilize a patient until emergency medical treatment is given.
The Purpose of First Aid?
To stabilize injuries and prevent future injuries occurring. Administering first aid is often necessary to keep your pet alive.
First Aid Kits for your pets are necessary so that you as owners can treat ailments and minor injuries that happen at home or on walks to prevent further harm.
Items for your First Aid Kit includes:
- Absorbent Gauze Pads,
- Adhesive Tape,
- Antiseptic Wipes,
- Foil Emergency Blanket,
- Cotton Balls,
- Gauze Rolls,
- Ice Pack,
- Non-Latex Disposable Gloves,
- Petroleum Jelly,
- Sterile Saline Solution,
- Pet Carrier.
Hydrogen Peroxide: DO NOT USE ON PETS. The bubbling you will see isn't just a sign the peroxide is killing any present bacteria. It can also be a sign that the peroxide is killing the cells that your pet's body counts on to help heal their wounds.
Don't miss our next blogs on: heatstroke, emergency preparedness, seizures, basic wound care and choking. Reading these could really be a lifesaver!