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First aid is the initial aid you give to your pet, and what we are doing when we carry out pet first aid is to identify there is a problem, assess what we are going to do, and get them to professional help from your vet. Vets are the best person to give aid as they have the advanced knowledge and equipment to treat your pet to the best of their ability. When you first get an animal, register them with your local vet, which will mean that you are on their records, which will make it quicker and easier if you have to call them, or visit them in an emergency. It is best to always take them to the vet, so the vet can check them over and weigh them and gain other background information. They could also advise you on vaccinations, flea and worming treatments to keep them healthy. Vets can be frightening places for you and your pet, so getting to know them will make it easier and less stressful.

In an emergency, you need to call the vet as soon as possible. Save the number in your mobile phone now, so you have it on hand if you need it. If it's serious, the vets can get ready for your arrival and speed up treatment when you arrive. They can also give you more advice over the phone on the immediate care you should give. It may be that you need to call the vet out to visit you. Vets either come out themselves, or they may have an out-of-hours service where vets can visit and treat your pets at home. If the vet is visiting you, make sure they have the correct address and look out for them when they arrive. Some people worry about the cost associated with veterinary treatment. If this is a concern, talk to your vet, they may be able to help you. Pet insurance may also be a good option as then you only pay a fixed payment and you get various levels of cover depending on your choice and budget. Prevention is always better than cure but being ready in case of an emergency happens is definitely worth thinking about now.