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Basic Pet First Aid: A How-To Guide for Pet Parents

Your furry friend's health and safety are top priorities when you're a pet parent. But accidents can happen, and in those crucial moments, knowing basic pet first aid can make all the difference.
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Your furry friend’s health and safety are top priorities when you’re a pet parent. But accidents can happen, and in those crucial moments, knowing basic pet first aid can make all the difference.

Recognizing Signs of Distress

Attention to your pet’s normal behaviour is crucial in distinguishing when something is wrong. Shifts in appetite, unusual lethargy, or unexpected vocalizations can all indicate your pet is distressed. 

Interestingly, data indicates that 90% of pet owners have yet to receive any training in pet first aid. It highlights the importance of understanding and recognizing signs of distress in our pets, as it can be a vital step towards ensuring their wellbeing.

Preparing a Pet First Aid Kit

Having a well-stocked first aid kit is essential. Include bandages, tweezers, a digital thermometer, a saline solution, and a blanket. Remember to include a list of emergency numbers, including your vet and the nearest emergency pet hospital.

Responding to Common Emergencies


If your pet is choking, stay calm. Open their mouth, pull their tongue forward, and check for a foreign object. If you can see it, use tweezers to remove it carefully. But, if your pet collapses, you must perform the Heimlich maneuver.


For wounds, first, clean the area with warm water and apply a clean cloth to stop bleeding. Then, use a saline solution to clean the wound again before applying a bandage.


Heatstroke is a serious risk for pets. If your pet is panting excessively, move them to a cool area and offer small amounts of water. You can also apply a damp towel to their body. Always follow up with a vet.

Maintaining Your Pet’s Health

While first aid is crucial, maintaining your pet’s overall health is just as important. Regular exercise, routine vet checkups, and a balanced diet can help prevent health issues. It includes feeding them quality food and treats that provide the necessary nutrients.

Online First Aid Courses for Your Furry Friends

For those interested in learning more about pet first aid, there are several resources available. The Red Cross offers an online course called Cat and Dog First Aid Online Training, where you can learn basic care for cats and dogs. This 35-minute course covers understanding your pet’s vital signs, handling breathing and cardiac emergencies, wounds and bleeding, seizures, and preventative care.

St John Ambulance also offers a course called Pet First Aid, which provides comprehensive training on how to respond to a wide range of potential pet emergencies. This includes everything from minor cuts and burns to cardiac arrest.

This knowledge can provide peace of mind and potentially save your pet’s life. 


Fish Lake Road Products offers a range of options designed with your pet’s health in mind. The Arctic Charr Treats, for instance, are naturally rich in Omega 3, fish oil, and Vitamin D, providing heart-healthy benefits. For a complete meal, consider any of the Arctic Charr and Beef Complete Raw Meals, packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein for an active life.

Additionally, Fish Lake Road Products ensures your pet’s diet is well-rounded with a combination of Kale, Cucumber, Lettuce, Celery, Cauliflower, Yam, Carrot, Kelp, and Apples included in its Complete Raw Meals.

Remember, while first aid can be lifesaving, nothing replaces professional veterinary care. Always consult your vet in case of an emergency or concerns about your pet’s health.

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Arctic Charr Treats With Sweet Potato

This treat is packed with Omega 3, fish oil, and vitamin D to support a healthy digestive system, strong bones, and a happy heart.

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Arctic Charr Complete Raw Meal

This meal contains the entire fish, as well as a complement of Kale, Cucumber, Lettuce, Celery, Cauliflower, Yam, Carrot, Kelp, and Apples.

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