First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

1st December 2016

Do you know what you should do if your pet is injured?

In this short article, we give you some of our best tips to be better prepared.

Remember: We are always able to help you at Bollington Veterinary Centre. In the event of an emergency, make sure you contact us for immediate help.


First aid care

It’s not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may just save your pet’s life. So what should you keep in stock at home?


First aid kit suggestions

  • Emergency contact numbers – ours is 01625 573375
  • Sterile gauze – used to wrap or cover wounds
  • Bandages – we prefer the non-stick type.
  • Surgical sticky tape – we can tell you our preferred adhesive tapes
  • Cotton wool – always useful for cleaning wounds
  • Antiseptic wash – we’ll often use something like Hibiscrub
  • Thermometer – a valuable tool to check if your pet has a temperature
  • Protective collar – we can supply an Elizabethan collar or something similar to stop wounds being licked or chewed

If you’d like us to offer you a home Pet First Aid Kit we can provide you with all the supplies you need. Speak to one of us at Bollington Veterinary Centre and we’ll sort something out.


Handling an injured pet

If your pet is injured, it is quite likely to be in pain and scared. You have to take special precautions not to be bitten or scratched even by the most gentle of pets. They can become quite unpredictable and possibly dangerous when stressed.


7 steps to emergency success

  1. Stay calm – it never pays to panic yourself.
  2. Call us on 01625 573375 – contact our vet team as soon as you can. We may be able to suggest some immediate life-saving treatment.
  3. Use protection - a muzzle if you think your dog is in pain and ensure you don’t get bitten.
  4. Keep them warm - a blanket cover can help calm a frightened animal, and will also help to keep them warm.
  5. Don’t cuddle – an animal in pain can become unpredictable. They’re usually stressed and frightened and may bite or scratch.
  6. Be gentle - when you examine you pet take your time, use a calming voice and you’ll help reassure them and keep them calm.
  7. Transport success – cat carriers and dog cages are great for keeping everyone safe in the car.