Be prepared for emergencies - it can often save a life
- Keep your vet’s name, address and telephone number stored in your mobile, stored in your landline or next to the phone. Do not use the emergency phone number you’ve called in the past, as the practice may use a locum service, or be part of an emergency cover group.
- Keep a pen and paper handy to take down instructions if necessary.
- Call the vet first. Don't dash along to the practice without phoning first. Emergencies may be seen at a different site, or the vet may need to give you vital advice or get the operating theatre prepared.
- Keep a Pet First Aid kit at home and with you when you are travelling.
Pet First Aid Kit
A good Pet First Aid Kit will contain:
- Blunt-ended scissors
- Wound wash
- Cotton wool
- Tick tweezers
- Wound dressings
- Self-adhesive tape
- Vinyl gloves
- Foil blanket
- Antiseptic wipes
For larger animals it is also useful to have:
- Access to a rug or blanket that can be used as a stretcher
Resuscitation (ABC) for dogs
These suggestions are life saving measures whilst you wait for veterinary assistance.
We would advise owners to take veterinary advice, or attend a veterinary-led first aid course, to learn how to deliver CPR in the safest way.