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We are now going to look at the use of gloves. In human first aid terms, we use gloves as a barrier to prevent us getting any infection from the person we are helping or the other way around. In pet terms, not really anything you can catch or pass over. Gloves are used for a slightly different reason. One is, if you have got a cut or a burn, you don't want any bugs that were on your hands entering the cut. But also, with dogs and cats and all sorts of animals you are going to have to do some pretty horrible things sometimes in the sense of maybe around their back end. You may have to clean them up, they might have a lot of poo stuck in their hair, you might need to wash them down. And putting gloves on can make this job much easier.

There are different types of gloves available. This type here is a vinyl glove. Vinyl gloves are fine, they work really well. The same sort of things you find in sandwich shops and stuff like that. Where it is a quick easy glove to put on and they are very, very cheap. Other gloves you might find are the ones at petrol pumps. If you want spare gloves you can have a few of those. They are just plastic bags effectively, but they will function well as a glove.

These are nitrile gloves which are slightly better. They are stronger. The one type of glove we have not talked about here is latex gloves. Because latex, although they have not really found any dogs that have been allergic to latex, it is something within the human side. If you do ask someone to put gloves on and they are allergic to latex, you might have set another problem on your hands.

For the gloves, they do come in different sizes; extra small, small, medium, large, and extra-large. But with the pet first aid kit, you want to really have the size that fits you. But if in doubt, have a larger size. Now, a larger glove will fit anybody's hands but a small one won't fit someone's hands who are large.

What we need to do really, to check the gloves okay, and just pop your hand in. And then once it is on, you may find that you need to remove rings if you don't want to cut the glove. However, in a pet environment where you are not actually going to be catching anything from the dog, then you are probably more worried about losing a ring. But try and keep those on as tight as you can. Once the gloves are on, you can then deal with what you need to deal with.

Now, I have never really had a problem with dogs, they don't tend to be affected by the fact that you are wearing gloves at all. But it does mean if you have to deal with a cut on the leg and you need to touch that then there is not going to be a problem with you passing stuff over. And also, you may feel a bit squeamish about actually touching some blood, then they are easy. Definitely working around the back end and cleaning, you will find gloves are an absolute must.

Now, if you had a lot of blood or poo or anything unpleasant on your hands, you want to take them off, then, it is quite simple. Just pinch the glove, turn the first glove inside out, scrunch it up into your hand, and then pull the other glove over again turning it all inside out. Now, all the nasties are inside it, so you can quite easily dispose of that in the little bags that come with the first aid kit or throw it away in the rubbish.