In general, it is always best to contact The Veterinary Hospital should your pet have any problems. Never use human medication on an animal (especially pain killers and disinfectants ) without veterinary advice.
There are a few circumstances where some first-aid knowledge can benefit your pet. Below are some common problems that you can provide assistance with until a vet can be contacted. In all cases, check with us before you do anything : our vets provide 24 hour emergency cover every day of the year.
It is worthwhile to keep a first-aid box at home, specifically for your pet.
Remember the animal physiology is differant from human physiology: many human medications can be very toxic to animals or interfere with treatment if wrongly given. Always seek our advise if you have any animal problems.
Appear as painful, moist inflamed areas of skin. The animal often self-traumatises iteslf by licking, chewing or scratching the area.
If not too painful, gently clip & bathe the area with salt water ( 2 teaspoons salt to 1 pint of water )
Prevent further interference by the animal e.g. bandage, dressing, buster collar, open faced muzzle, T shirt , shorts, socks.
With Diarrhoea & Vomiting, veterinary examination is usually needed for correct diagnosis.
Starve for 24 hours ( take extra care with young & elderly animals ). Do give fluids. Rehydrate with a ‘little & often’ electrolye solution e.g. Paediolyte, babylyte obtainable from pharmacies.
If the animal continues to vomit. veterinary advice must be sought.
Keep warm & quiet.
After 24 hours starvation, offer small & frequent quantities of chicken & rice for 3 days, then return to original diet.