First aid for pets

Knowing what to do if your pet has an accident is important information that all responsible pet owners should be aware of. Some basic knowledge and a few essential first aid items can make a big difference when coping with an injured and distressed pet.

Our first aid kit is primarily designed for dogs but many of the items can be used for other pets. Right now you can claim a FREE first aid kit with every order of £39 or more! Just enter FIRST-AID into the coupon code box at the checkout.

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Has your pet been injured? Don’t panic!  Your pet may be very distressed and in pain but take a deep breath and assess the situation.  If you have someone with you ask them to help by fetching the first aid kit and a blanket or perhaps calling the veterinary surgery to warn them you are on your way.  If your pet is unconscious make sure you clear the airway, removing any obstruction and stretching out the neck.

Latex Gloves – Gloves will help prevent you transferring germs into any open wounds and keeps your skin from coming into contact with bodily fluids. Please note these gloves are not suitable for latex allergy sufferers.

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Wound Dressing – Apply a clean dressing pad to any open wounds to help stem the bleeding.  Hold it in place yourself or you can use the enclosed reel of adhesive bandage to fix it securely over the wound.

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Head/Nose Band Muzzle (for dogs) – If you are helping a dog that is likely to bite you may wish to restrain him with a head band muzzle. Tie the rope around the dog’s nose (unless he is injured in that area) then tie the ends of the rope around the back of the head behind the ears in a bow so it can be quickly released if necessary.

Keep a blanket near your pet’s first aid kit. A pet suffering from shock after loosing a lot of blood will need to be kept warm. (Keep wounds visible so you can see if they have bled through dressings).

Afterwards don’t forget to throw away any equipment you have used, including the gloves, and replace used items so the kit will be fully stocked  the next time you need to use it.

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Other useful items for minor pet problems:

Tweezers – Useful for removing thorns, grass seeds and other stray foreign objects your pet may have picked up. Tweezers are great for this delicate task.  Seeds and similar objects left in a pet’s nose, ears or other delicate areas can cause a lot of pain and often cause infections.  If you can’t remove them easily at home take your pet to the vet.

Tick Tweezers – Ticks require special treatment as it is important to remove the entire tick and not leave the head buried in your pet’s skin.  These clever tweezers are designed to apply even pressure once you have clamped the tick behind the head, making it much easier to remove the tick gently and completely. Disinfect the tweezers after each use and use the alcohol prep pads to clean the area of skin affected (these pads should not be used for open wounds). Do not let your pet ingest the alcohol pads.

Oral Medication Syringe – Useful tool for ensuring your pet takes their medication.  Gently ease the syringe into the side of your pet’s mouth and press to dispense medicine onto the back of the tongue where it will be swallowed.

Flea & Lice Comb – Great tool for removing little critters from your pet’s fur.

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