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First Aid Kit for Animal Rescue

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My good friend Christina from SPEAK For Animals has put a list of first aid items needed when rescuing animals. This is a great list very useful to all wildlife carers and those involved in rescuing animals during natural disasters.

Health & Safety:

  • High-visibility vest
  • Compass, for finding your way out of the bush, or for directing others in
  • Heavy gloves – for handling animals that may bite or scratch
  • Disposable gloves – for protection from germs, bacteria, disease: (eg: Lyssivirus)
  • Cap and sunscreen (sun protection)
  • Beanie and fleecy mittens (cold protection, eg: night rescues)
  • Portable reflectors to position on roads


  • Wire cutters, for releasing animals entangled in fences
  • Bolt cutters, for emergency entry into property, or across property boundaries
  • Torch, headlamp, portable spotlight
  • Binoculars


  • Cat dry bits, dog kibble, eg: for attracting animals, for building confidence
  • Pony gumnuts for herbivores, eg: for ponies, goats, wallabies
  • Applesauce, eg: to assist with administering oral medications

Restraints & control devices:

  • Hessian bag, eg: to cover the head of a large animal, or to hold a snake
  • Rope, lead rope, muzzle, twitch, etc.

Assessment items:

  • Digital thermometer, spare batteries, tool to change batteries, lubricant, cleaner.
  • Stethoscope
  • Digital scales, spare batteries
  • Spray paint (for marking deceased wildlife)
  • Magnifying glass, eg: for locating a paralysis tick

Comfort items:

  • Blanket, towels, eg: for keeping animals warm, to carry immobile bodies
  • Sponge,
  • Gauze, eg: to assist clotting of wounds
  • Wadding, cotton wool, cotton buds, swabs
  • Bandages, elastoplast, vet wrap, duct tape, masking tape

Treatment tools:

  • Clean empty bottle to mix solutions, eg: iodine wash
  • Tweezers
  • Eye dropper
  • Scissors, eg: bandage scissors, surgical scissors
  • Acupuncture needle, for stimulating GV26 point in cardiac arrest
  • Hoof boot
  • Splint, bubble wrap, eg: useful for splinting
  • Rubber bulb ear syringe
  • Clean syringes, for administering meds
  • Atomizer, eg: for spraying solution onto wounds

Treatment products:

  • Pure water, for making solutions, rinsing eyes, etc
  • Antiseptic wash, eg: Dettol, tea tree oil, iodine
  • Lubricant, burn salve, eg: petroleum jelly, Aloe gel
  • Alcohol, metho, eg: for sterilizing
  • Salt, eg: for making a saline wash for wounds
  • Carb soda, for inducing emergency vomiting, dogs & cats
  • Electrolytes
  • Antiseptic cream, zinc cream
  • Bute sachets (horses)
  • Rescue Remedy, a safe homeopathic remedy for soothing emotional trauma

Support people / phone numbers:

  • Vets, farriers, wildlife shelters, emergency help lines, (eg: poisons info line), friends or associates who may be able to offer practical advice or assistance
  • Police, for requesting permission to enter private premises, for traffic control, for carrying out emergency euthanasia, to notify of any impending firearm usage

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Animal Testing – Find out cruelty-free companies and products

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I am a fervent advocate of animal rights and one common procedure in today’s world that makes my hair raise on my back is animal testing. With today’s technology, the need to test products on animals is not necessary, however, a vast majority of companies still do it. Big brand names like L’Oreal, Dove, Rexona, Cacharel, Colgate, Palmolive, Ponds, Olay, Windex, Armor All, Clairol, Gillette, Iams, Eukanuba and the list goes on, still perform testing on animals.

It is extremely hard to find products that are not tested on animals. Cosmetics like make-up and skin-care, hair products and perfumes are amongst the most tested products. However, there are some companies that have completely banned animal testing like Revlon. But animal testing of products is not reserved to personal-care products. Some companies test on cleaning products and even on fruit juices!! And I am not going to talk about medical testing on animals as the list is endless! read more

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