Questions tagged [first-aid]

Refers to a situation requiring application of initial treatment in case of an accident such as how to stop profuse bleeding. Not for real-time questions.

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What's the best way to heal a scab on top of my dog's head?

My 6 month old puppy had a bacteria infection which caused a bunch of bumps to form on the top of her head. That is cured now, but from where she had been scratching it looks like one big scab. What ...
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My turtle cracked his plastron

We took the turtle out of his tank for a second. He ran off the bench so quickly that we couldn't catch him falling. He fell on the floor, cracking his plastron. I'm trying to take him to the vet, but ...
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How would I deal with a choking cat?

Can someone describe the technique for dealing with a cat that is choking? I just want to know in case my cat ever gets something stuck in its throat. Is it similar to CPR?
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What should I do if my cat vomits his food?

Recently, my 1 year-old cat vomited over my kitchen floor while playing. I was worried and unsure what to do, so I just cleaned him up and made sure he was OK. What should I do if he vomits again? ...
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What should be in a rabbit first aid kit?

I have a pet house rabbit. I want to create a first aid kit, that has items specific for bunny first aid, what should it include?
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My leopard gecko's tail fell off! What should I do?

Thankfully, this has never happened to me. But if it does, how should I treat it - both immediately, and in the longer term?
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How do I treat a fresh raw/scabbed nose injury on my cat?

I noticed that one of my cats has a raw section of his nose, on the leather section. It appeared after a night where the two cats I have got into hissing/low growling during 'play'. The cat is ...
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What can I do if my cat is stuck in the washing machine?

A bit of a story that happened a few months ago, before I ask my question with more detail: I used to have a 2-month old kitten which me and my mum received from a school friend of mine (her older ...
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What antiseptic is safe to use on reptiles?

If my geckos get cuts or scrapes, what is safe to use to clean the wounds? TCP? Iodine? Antiseptic? Something else? I have a reptile-safe disinfectant that I use to clean the tank with, but there's ...
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What should be in a leopard gecko first aid kit?

I would like to have materials on hand to be prepared if anything goes wrong with my pets. I have heard people suggest a first aid box so that you are prepared, but I don't have much idea what to put ...
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What should I do if I catch my cat eating a poisonous plant?

Just a thought. If I were to catch on of my cats eating a plant that I know is poisonous to cats (e.g. travelling over christmas and they found a poinsettia). Is there something that I should do to ...
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What is the appropriate first aid for a cat nosebleed?

My cat Hunter apparently had a nosebleed tonight. He was sneezing fine droplets of blood, and had long strands of bloody boogers hanging from his nose. The blood was fresh (bright red, not the deeper ...
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My rats had a fight and one of them is injured - what can I do for him?

My rats were fighting and one of them got bitten. It looks quite bad. What can I do for him?
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Why is my rat drooling and opening its mouth? Is it choking?

My rat is behaving oddly, opening her mouth and pulling back her ears. There is a thick, mucus-like liquid coming from her mouth. What could this be, and how can I help her?
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Will my fish's tailfin grow back?

I rescued a male guppy from an acquaintance's overcrowded tank. He had a 10 gallon tank with: a female betta 2 silver dollars (which are 4 inch long) 2 angelfish 8 assorted fancy guppies. This poor ...
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Treatment of wound

There's a dog, he's been run over by some vehicle. His leg is most probably broken, his skin has been badly damaged. I'm worried that there's no veterinary hospital nearby, he might develop maggots ...
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How can I find an emergency vet?

Something happened to my pet and I know I need to get to the veterinarian as quickly as I can, but my regular veterinarian is closed! What should I do?
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How to give first aid to treat open wound in kitten?

How to give first aid to treat open wound in kitten? The kitten has hurt herself and is bleeding. She is feral and doesn't like being picked, so it's not possible to get her to vet.
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Removing dried paint from cat fur

Our cat (DMH) came home with a heavy coat of dried paint on one of his paws. It looks like he must have stepped in a roller pan or something like that. I'm pretty sure it is an oil based paint as ...
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First aid for dog's irritated eye

Yesterday evening I noticed my dog rubbing one of his eyes with his front paw. Today his rubbing continues and the eye is slightly red, but I'm not sure if it's infected or "just" irritated. ...
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My rabbit pulled her stitches out the day after surgery, now what?

I took my rabbit into the vet, she had a lump on her belly. The vet made an incision about an inch and half (4cm) long and removed the lump (not cancer) it was just under her skin. He stiched her up ...
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Can someone help me diagnose my cats tail

Recently our cat came back after a fight; he seemed beat, but we didn't notice anything with his tail. Him getting into fights is not as uncommon as you might think because he was a stray before we ...
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Need some help with a bird injury. Urgent! [closed]

So my dog found this little bird, which fell from mid flight or maybe it was sitting on a branch, I don't know, and brought it to me. My dog didn't bite it or hurt it in any other way. It's a really ...