When a sudden pet accident occurs, it’s easy to lose it and get all panicky. But don’t! This is the last thing that you should do when something happens. Staying calm and alert is the way to go⁠—plus a basic knowledge on how to handle such situations.

 

 

Awareness on pet first aid is a must for every pet owner! Arming yourself with the primary know-hows gives your pet a better chance of recovery, especially if a trip to the vet takes longer than necessary. Immediate care is important⁠—it can literally save your pet’s life.

 

You don’t need to specialize in a medical course to equip yourself with Pet First Aid 101. All you’ll need is a good eye for spotting signs of injury or sickness, a first aid kit, and a response plan when danger is at hand. Here are solutions that can help you manage your furry buddy’s present condition⁠—consider this your crash course when pet emergencies strike!

 

Reduce the risk of accidents. Be ahead of the game! Always look out for hazardous things when visiting a place for the first time. Avoid areas that are prone to accidents and look out for your pet all the time. At home, make sure to pet-proof spots that your pet frequents⁠—keep those cables away, store cleaning tools in the cupboard, and maintain cleanliness.

 

Keep a first aid kit handy. Bandages, a pair of small scissors, a bottle of eye solution, plastic syringe, antiseptic wipes, a digital thermometer, tweezers, and meds complete your basic box. Store this in an accessible place so taking it out when the need calls for it is easy.

 

Wound care. The first thing you should do is to stop the bleeding. To do this, apply pressure to the would with a bandage for at least three minutes, or until blood starts to clot, to stop the bleeding. For extreme bleeding, bring your pet to the vet.

 

Burn care. If dealing with burns, run fresh water over the affected area for 10 minutes to cool it off. Do not apply bandages as it may stick to the would. Take your pet to the clinic for treatment.

 

Caring for broken bones. When your pet encounters a fracture, do not hastily carry them! Let them lay on a flat surface. Provide a makeshift stretcher to transport your pet to the vet.

 

Poisoning. For external conditions, read the product label for exposure treatment⁠—condition can be addressed with immediate steps like washing the exposed area. If product is swallowed, consult your vet ASAP.

 

Calming a seizure. A seizure attack usually lasts for about two to three minutes. Keep the area around your pet free from objects that might hurt his body. When the seizure stops, gently carry them and drive to the vet.