Being prepared for everyday accidents can mean reducing the extent of treatment required or even saving your pet’s life.
Buying a first aid manual is a good start if you have, or consider having a pet. The ‘Guide to First Aid For Your Pet’ by the Animal Emergency Centre in Brisbane can be purchased online and kept on hand with your first aid kit. A basic first aid kit should be made up of:
- Your vet’s telephone number, including emergency after hours number
- First aid manual
- Rectal thermometer and lubricant
- Sterile gauze (cover wounds and prevent further infection)
- Bandages (soft conforming bandages are best)
- Adhesive tape
- Cotton wool
- Sterile saline (to flush debris out of wounds)
Other items that may be useful in your first aid kit include splint material (such as a piece of wood), a leather lead (to make a noose to approach a frightened or aggressive animal), strong material if a tourniquet is needed and a blanket to keep the animal warm or use as a stretcher. Always get a check up form your vet if you have had to use the first aid kit on your pet. For 24 hour emergency service call 07 4151 5044.