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Like humans, nearly all animals will experience some form of health problem or medical emergency in their lifetime. It is up to responsible owners to ensure pets
receive appropriate first aid and vet treatment.
When giving first aid to a pet, your personal safety is paramount. Always be aware of possible fear and aggression your pet may be experiencing, as this may result
in it trying to bite you. You should use hand-made muzzles or towels to prevent this.
The ABC rule provides guidance on what to do if your pet is injured or falls ill, and it is simple to follow and easy to remember.
ABC stands for:
Airways: Is anything blocking the animal’s airway?
Breathing: Is the animal breathing clearly?
Circulation: Can you feel a pulse or the heart beating?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, contact the vet immediately.
Click on the tabs below for details on how to deal with common emergency situations.
By putting together a first aid kit for your pet, you will be well prepared if it is injured or falls ill and will always have emergency supplies on hand.