First Aid – do you know how to respond in an emergency?

1st April 2017

10 Golden Rules

  1. Don’t panic - if your pet is injured, stay calm. You’ll think and react more effectively and will be more able to help you pet.
  2. Check the airway – if the animal is unconscious or collapsed, move the tongue forwards and make sure the mouth is free from any obstructions. You should be able to hear normal breathing sounds. The tongue and gums should be pink.
  3. Phone numbers - keep our address and telephone numbers stored and at hand in your mobile, landline and computer.
  4. Call us at Bollington Veterinary Centre immediately – tell us what’s happened and say when you’ll arrive. Don’t arrive without calling us first. That way we can expect you and have everything ready.
  5. Write it down - keep a pen and paper handy to take down instructions.
  6. Don’t be alone – rather than struggling to cope on your own, call for help. An animal in pain and in shock may bite and behave very unpredictably. You don’t want to put yourself at unnecessary risk.
  7. No food or water - don't give your pet anything to eat or drink as we may need to use an anaesthetic to deal with their problems.
  8. First Aid kit – make sure you have a basic first aid kit at home and with you when you are travelling. See what we suggest you keep in your kit below.
  9. Use a lead or pet carrier – it’s imperative that the animal is moved safely, so secure dogs with a lead and put cats into a pet carrier.
  10. Drive carefully – you may be determined to get to the surgery as quickly as possible, but don’t take silly risks. You’re better to arrive safely than have an accident yourself.


Pet First Aid Kit – ask us to help with your Pet First Aid Kit

We’re occasionally asked what you should keep in a first aid kit. Here are some of our suggestions.

  • Wound cleaning fluid – ask us for a safe medicated wash
  • Cotton wool & antiseptic wipes – used to clean and protect
  • Wound dressings – for open wounds
  • Self-adhesive tape – useful to hold bandages in place
  • Bandages and dressings – to cover and protect a wound
  • Survival blanket – one of those silver tinfoil blankets for warmth
  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Disposable gloves – hygiene is essential
  • Thermometer – check with us which thermometer is best
  • Scissors (with blunt ends)
  • Pet carrier – you will need this to transport cats and small dogs
  • Glucose syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
  • Non-prescription antiseptic ointment – we can supply you with something safe and appropriate
  • Torch – useful to look into ears