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Here, vet Sophie bell ,lists her top 10 items to keep in a pet first aid kit

1. A tick remover - a great little tool to keep handy, especially in the summer months. Avoids the risk of leaving the tick head embedded

2. Conforming Bandage - helps to stem bleeding, protects wounds and stretchy so you wont make the bandage to tight. Also handy as a make shift muzzle!

3. A Tea Bag - This doesn't sound like an obvious choice but cold black tea is great for bathing eyes and wounds and steeped and left to cool helps to clot a bleed

4. Honey or Jam - good to keep a small pot in your kit for diabetic dogs and cats suffering low blood sugar. Easily absorbed through the gums

5. Clot It - Amazing blood clotting powder

6. Ice Pack - When wrapped in a towel they can be good for dogs suffering heat stroke, fitting animals and to help stem a bleed

7. Blunt End Scissors - Always handy to have for cutting bandages

8. Saline pods - great for washing eyes and wounds

9. A buster collar, Cone of shame etc - essential to stop those pets licking and biting at wounds 

10. Your vet details and especially your out of hours vet contact - you never know when you may be faced with an emergency!


If you are worried your pet may have been poisoned you can get 24 hour expert advice from the Animal Poison Line

Chocolate can be highly toxic to dogs. If you are worried your dog may have got hold of and ingested to much, check the choc tox calculator to see if they have consumed a toxic dose.

Always seek veterinary advice if you are concerned

Alabama Rot

For accurate information regarding Alabama Rot (CRGV) use this link to Anderson Moores where they explain CRGV and also list a map detailing all confirmed cases

Dog Bandaging

Learn about bandaging a dog in this video, one chapter from the online Canine Health & First Aid Course

Keep your animals away from that mould!

Mycotoxins are produced by fungi found on items that are going mouldy.

Mouldy cheese, nuts, bread, hay, compost and silage are some of the places mycotoxins can be found. There are many others.

This puts animals at risk of mycotoxicosis. Horses, cattle small mammals, dogs and cats are just a few.

Signs of mycotoxicosis include:

**Body/muscle tremors

**Staggering/appearing uncoordinated when walking

**Vomiting (not horses)


**Increased body temperature so usually above 39.2C

**Left untreated the animal could die

How to help prevent it mycotoxicosis

** Always check hay and silage when fed to horses, cattle and others that eat it

**Remove uneaten hay, especially when outside

** Keep a tight lid on bins to prevent your dog or wild animals raiding it as it’s a potential source of mould - one of the biggest reasons we see this toxicity

** Use a muzzle on dogs who scavenge a lot of you are in a high risk area, such as a city where people may drop food on the floor that can decay

** fence off your compost heap to prevent your dogs sniffing around and potentially ingesting fungal spores

**Double check all foods and treats before eating them. If in doubt about their freshness, throw them away

If this happens use all the tips I teach you on how to manage a seizure, KEEP AN EYE ON THE BODY TEMPERATURE!! And get immediate vet help...

A chart of the average temperature, pulse and respiration rates you find in dogs, cats, horses guinea pigs, and rabbits

Check your pet if you think they are feeling unwell.

If you are getting results that differ from this table you should seek veterinary advice.

Remember if you are worried about your pet and the results are normal still ask your vet.