First Aid

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Wounds

For wounds that are actively bleeding, keep the animal as quiet as possible and apply pressure to the wound. This will help to stop the bleed. You can bandage the wound using a clean towel, piece of clothing or bandage material. The bandage should be firm, but not too tight.

DO NOT try and remove any object or foreign material visible in the wound. This may make the bleeding worse, so always leave it.

Bite wounds are often very infected as the teeth harbour a huge amount of bacteria.More often than not, we will need to prescribe antibiotics for these wounds.

DO NOT feed your pet any food or water as there is a possibility they may need an anaesthetic to stitch up the wound.

 

Breathing Difficulties

If your pet seems to be experiencing breathing difficulties – ring the surgery immediately.

If your pet seems to have an obstruction, then if necessary, open your pets airway carefully by pulling the tongue forward out of the mouth until it is flat – but be careful as your pet may bite in panic.

Check the throat to see if there are any objects blocking their airway.

Breathing problems can be caused by obstructions,  chest issues, asthma (cats) and overheating.

 

Possible Sunstroke

Move your pet immediately to a well ventilated and shaded area. Place a cool wet towel around their neck, and slowly pour cool water over them.

Never leave your pet in a car on warm days. The temperature can rise very quickly and even on milder days, so be very careful.

 

Possible Seizure/Fitting

This can look like your pet is shaking continuously, twitching and can go rigid in the limbs. They can sometimes pass urine and faeces uncontrollably.

Move any objects near your pet that may harm them. Turn off bright lights and keep noise to a minimum.

NEVER touch their face/mouth as pets may bite without meaning to.

 

In all the above circumstances you must ring us immediately