Keep pets safe and sound
ALWAYS contact your vet if your pet is, or appears to be, injured or sick.
Also contact your vet if you think your pet has been hit by a car, some pets may appear to be fine but could have serious internal injuries.
There is also some basic first aid you can do to help your pet before you see the vet.
Firstly, keep calm and assess the situation. Make sure it is safe for yourself or others to approach your pet. Remember that injured animals in pain can be very frightened so may try to bite or scratch anyone who comes near.
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If your injured pet has been in a road traffic accident, beware of other cars before approaching them. Move slowly and talk gently as you move towards them and avoid any sudden movements. Put a lead on your dog and if they are unable to walk on their own be careful when you lift them as they may more likely to snap or bite.
A towel or blanket can be helpful for lifting and carrying them. Cats should be placed in a secure carrier to go to the vet surgery if possible.
If your pet is bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a clean, dry towel or piece of clothing. Bandages can be used for short periods. Applying pressure for ten minutes will be enough for bleeding to stop. If your pet has been burned, run cold water over the area for ten minutes and contact the vets. Don't use ointments or creams as animals will try to lick it off.
If your pet has something on their coat or paws, prevent them from lIcking it in case it is toxic. You may need to use an Elizabethan collar to make sure they can't reach the contaminated area. Try bathing dogs using washing-up liquid but never use turp or paint removers.
We don't recommend throwing sticks for your dog to catch as these can cause serious damage to a dog's throat when caught awkwardly or at speed.
In all situations, contact your vet for advice.