First Aid Safety For Pets


Knowing basic animal first aid could potentially save your pet's life! Just remember first aid is not a proper substitute for a veterinary attention. 

1. Toxic Exposure 

Symptoms include: Whining, pawing at nose, red eyes. 

What to do: 

  • Call your local veterinarian immediately 
  • Follow instructions on first aid kit for rinsing/decontamination
  • Keep product out of nose, eyes, and mouth. 

2. Poisoning 

Symptoms include: Gagging, diarrhea, Foaming at the mouth, vomiting. 

What to do: 

  • Call your local veterinarian or Animal Poison Control Center immediately (888-426-4435)
  • Identify name of the substance, amount ingested, and how much time has passed. 
  • Keep the product packaging/container close to use for reference 
  • Collect any materials that your pet may have vomited, or chewed on. Place the material in a plastic bag and bring it with you to the vet. 

3. Seizures 

It can be tricky to identify symptoms of a seizure in pets, however some things you can look for are periods of anxiety, hiding, and attention seeking. Other things to look for are sudden convulsions including drooling, paddling, defecting, or urinating. 

What to do:

  • Do not restrain your pet.
  • Move objects out of the way that your pet could potentially run into or hurt itself on. 
  • Speak to your pet in a loud but reassuring tone. 
  • Time the length of the seizure 
  • After seizure ends make sure to keep your pet warm and calm. 
  • Call the veterinarian 

4. Choking 

 Symptoms include: Blueish lips/tongue, difficult time breathing, and choking noises. 

  • Take precaution, your pet may be more likely to bite while its choking, due to panic. 
  • If your pet can still breath, keep it calm and get it to the veterinarian as soon as possible. 
  • Check inside your pets mouth to see if you can spot the object causing your pet to choke. 
  • If you can spot the object, gently use tweezers or pliers to remove it. Be careful not to push the object further down your pets throat. If the object is not easy to reach, go to your veterinarian immediately. 
  • If you cant remove the object, or your pet collapses on the ground, lay your pet on its side and smack the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3-4 times. Repeat this until the object is removed or until your get to the veterinarian's office. 

5. Heatstroke 

Symptoms include: Rapid heart rate, excessive panting. 

What to do: 

  • Move you pet to a shaded area away from direct sunlight 
  • Place a cool damp towel around its neck and head. (Make sure you don't cover your pets eyes, nose, or mouth).
  • Remove the towel, re-wet it, and re-wrap it around your pet every few minutes as you cool down your pet. 
  • Use a hose or pour cold water over your pets body (Focus on the abdomen and between the hind legs).
  • Transport your pet to a veterinarian ASAP.