Top five tips for emergency pet first aid

Top five tips for emergency pet first aid

First Aid for pets

Our Pet First Aid course turns pet owners into lifesavers. You can book now to be prepared and achieve better outcomes in all kinds of emergency situations. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of the first aid tips you’ll learn about in our online course.

Following the DR HELP steps are essential in providing care for your pet in an emergency.

Danger. Response. HELP – access emergency vet care.



A pet emergency can be emotional. It is natural to want to help your pet as quickly as you can. However, there might be a danger present, so the first step is to assess dangers to make sure you don't jeopardise your own safety. Only help your pet when it is safe to do so.

Response and signs

If your pet does not respond to you calling or touching them, they are convulsing, can't move, prolonged gagging and or vomiting, excessive salivation or bleeding, not breathing normally or you’re just not sure - contact your emergency vet immediately.

HELP - call emergency vet care.

After you’ve removed any dangers and assessed your pet is in a critical state, immediately call your emergency vet. Make sure you tell them as much information as you can so they can prepare for when you arrive. The vet may have some important directions for you to follow, so only hang up the phone when they do.

Don’t panic!

Staying calm will help give your pet the best care in the quickest time.

Prevent accidents.

Look for potential hazards in your home and garden, and act to prevent future accidents.

Ready to take action?

Book our First Aid course for Pets now to learn all the essential skills and knowledge and confidence to deliver First Aid for common pet-related injuries and emergencies.

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