First Aid - Wounds and Injury

Dogs and cats can both become injured and the severity can obviously vary hugely. In an emergency situation first aid can be extremely useful in calming and comforting our pets and also to assess whether professional assistance is required. Basic injury types are considered below but there are several important factors to consider when assessing the need for further treatment.

The following 4 points indicate the need to obtain VETERINARY ADVICEIMMEDIATELY:

  • Breathing Difficulties

If your pet is distressed in its breathing pattern or clearly going blue or purple around its lips/tongue.

  • Blood Loss

If your pet has lost what you consider to be a significant amount of blood and maybe its lips and tongue are pale looking.

  • Loss of Consciousness

If your pet has 'blacked out' at any point or is lapsing in and out of consciousness, or indeed appears

'drugged' or 'drunk'.

  • Uncontrolled Severe Pain

If your pet is experiencing, or seems to be experiencing, severe pain that may or may not be explained by the injury. For example is someone has accidentally trodden on a dogs tail clearly it will be painful but may not be an emergency situation though veterinary advice should be sought in the near future.  But if it’s unclear why the pet is in pain or it is severe and unremitting then advice needs to be sought immediately.

If your pet has been injured but is not showing the above signs and is not in too much distress then clearly we want to do the following:

 

  • Keep them calm and safe feeling with a warm bed and minimal noise
  • Give them easy access to water and maybe a small meal
  • Monitor them with regards to their ability to move around and also for urinating and defecating
  • Clean any minor wounds or cuts in clean warm water only (DO NOT USE DETTOL OR TCP) and apply a mild antiseptic cream or gel if available (eg. Germolene)
  • If small cuts are bleeding a little then gentle but firm pressure can often stop this with clean cotton wool or a fresh baby's nappy held against the wound for ten minutes

If in any doubt bring them to see us at the soonest chance.

IF IN ANY DOUBT & AT ANY TIME, CONTACT US FOR ADVICE AND PEACE OF MIND AS THERE MAY BE SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME TO RESOLVE THE INJURY

OR WOUND.

If anything unfortunate does happen to your pet then please DO NOT PANIC. If veterinary advice is needed please ring your local clinic or our main surgery:

01620 822262