First Aid for Animals

If you come across an animal that has met with an accident, here are some of the things that you could do to keep the animal comfortable and free from stress until veterinary help arrives:

  • Place the animal in a cool, well ventilated place or a shaded area.
  • Give small amounts of cold water containing glucose or sugar frequently.
  • Ice packs should be applied on the head, forehead and all over the body. If you cannot get ice, use cold towel press it on the head and chest of the animal.
  • Give cold milk to drink.
  • Once first aid has been administered, and the animal is stable, consult a vet.

NOTE: Always remember that any first aid administered to an animal should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save the animal’s life until it receives veterinary treatment.

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