Take the animal to a veterinarian or animal hospital as soon as possible. If the practitioner or facility is some distance away, consult with the veterinarian over the telephone or contact an emergency service such as the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline. Do not make your pet drink milk, oil, or castor oil before talking to a vet or animal poisoncontrol as this could make the condition worse.

Only perform CPR if you have been trained to do so. In the case of an extreme emergency a vet can coach you through this procedure over the phone. If vomiting is recommended, only induce vomiting as instructed by a professional. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can be contacted at:

*(888) 426-4435

*Please note that this call incurs a service fee.




Accidents usually occur suddenly and can happen when least expected. Your pet depends upon you to make the right decisions and to act rapidly.

Above all, try to remain calm when a beloved pet suffers an injury. By taking some basic emergency measures you can prevent further harm or complications. Reading the Pet First Aid Guide will prepare you to act calmly and to make appropriate decisions. Taking a class in pet first aid can also be helpful.

First aid kits are not alternatives to veterinary care. The contents of this guide and our pet first aid kit should be considered as recommendations provided only to help offer basic care for minor medical emergencies.

far from civilization. In these situations a board or some other flat and rigid object can be used for support.

Cats can be transported to the veterinarian wrapped in a towel or blanket, upon a stretcher improvised from a floor mat, or they may be carried in a box or cat carrier. When picking up a cat, hold the head and neck with one hand and the hindquarters with the other hand.