What if your cat gets hit by a car, or your dog eats something toxic? First aid can save your animal's life. What are the most important things you need to know and do in the process?

1. Be prepared

An emergency always comes unexpected. Then it’s nice and of vital importance that you already have the necessary basic knowledge, so that you know what’s normal and you can act quickly. Together with our experts, we have put together a special first aid booklet for you to give first aid to your dog or cat. In it you will find the best way to act in any situation. Read this first aid guide carefully so that you are well prepared. You really should! But of course we hope that you never really need our advice.

2. Practice!

Practice what you can do in an emergency. Where can you feel the heartbeat? And how often does an animal breathe normally? You can read this in our first aid booklet. Recognizing the normal values of heart rate and respiration is best done at home, under calm circumstances, where you can determine it and practice more. You will then know what to look for and how to check something.

3. Know the dangers

Get to know the little corners in your house and garden where misfortune can lurk by crawling around on all fours. You can see what your dog or cat can see, for example, mouse poison or electrical cords.

It is vital that you already have the necessary basic knowledge!

4. Call for help

First aid allows you to respond quickly and accurately to emergencies. You can save the life of an animal or prevent unnecessary pain. But of course you can't solve everything yourself. Call in the right help and if in doubt always go to a veterinarian!


Are you going on a trip with your animal(s)? Always take the contact information of your own veterinarian with you and immediately look up the number of the local veterinarian at your vacation destination.

5. Stay calm

It’s very difficult, but: stay calm. Always assess the situation calmly and well first. Make sure you act quickly and effectively.

6. Work safely

When giving first aid, think of your animals safety but also of your own. For example, when dealing with strong flowing water, unreliable ice, electricity or traffic. In addition, do not forget that an animal in distress is often in pain and panic, and may therefore want to flee or even bite.


From a strip of fabric you can make a muzzle strap for a dog. To do this, make a loose knot in the strip and place the loop around the dog's snout. Pull the loop tight, so that the animal cannot bite but can still breathe, and fasten the ends of the strip of fabric behind the ears of the dog with a bow. A cat, if possible, can be covered with a cloth or box or rolled in a towel to prevent it from biting or scratching you. In doing so, make sure the head always remains free.

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