The RSPCA has released a free downloadable Pet First Aid Guide to help owners in case of an emergency, teaching them how to correctly perform CPR, help a dog having a seizure or a heat stroke, and more.

James Yeates, chief veterinary officer at the RSPCA, said, “This pet first aid guide is an essential for all dog and cat owners. Hopefully they will never need to use it but it’s good to know what to do if an emergency happens.

“Obviously in the situation like a cut, a burn or if your dog or cat stops breathing you need to speak to a vet straight away and get them seen to as soon as possible – but in an emergency situation every moment is crucial so if you can start first aid before you get to the vets it can really help. You could also ask your vet to show you some of the techniques at your pet’s next visit so you can be confident in using them.

“The guide can be downloaded onto a smartphone so pet owners will have the reassurance that help is at hand in the event of an emergency.”

The first-aid guide covers what to do in the following emergency circumstances, until you can get your pet vet care.

  • Choking
  • Not breathing
  • No heartbeat
  • Signs of shock
  • Signs of poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Burns
  • Heat stroke
  • Internal and external bleeding
  • Fractures

You can download it for free here.

Image by the RSPCA.


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