most common domestic emergencies fall into these main groups:
Cat victims -
small birds and animals
caught, played with and bitten
Dog victims -
baby mammals dug out from
nests (rabbit, badger, fox, hedgehog) or caught in a chase
- tiny fox cubs, squirrels,
hedgehogs in gardens, chicks left in nests or fallen to the ground
- hedgehogs, foxes, squirrels, birds at the
side of the road
Small birds and animals
Get them into a safe place; a cardboard box, a bucket - any container
that can be closed and ventilated.
Put sheets of kitchen roll, torn up newspaper or an old tea towel in
Even tiny animals can give you a nip when they are frightened, so pick
them up in a small cloth or wearing gloves.
Can you see any obvious blood or injuries? Check carefully, without
manhandling the casualty.
Place in the box, cover with the lid or a cloth tied over the top.
Make a few small air holes in the cardboard box, a cloth cover will
have air gaps in the fabric.
Put the box in a quiet room away from pets and children.
Adult Bird with no obvious wounds or
Leave in the dark box for 2 - 3 hours, or if found late in the
day, leave until early the next morning.
Check after this time by listening for sounds.
Birds that have been caught but are uninjured can be heard moving
Take the container outside and cautiously open a corner to check the
condition of the bird
If it is lively, take the box to a shrub or tree and open the top to
see if it will fly away.
If it can't fly, it will need to be checked by experts so take it to a
If you can't go straight away, put a small heavy pot of water in the
box and some appropriate food.
For details of who eats what, see: Bird
Mouse with no obvious wounds or blood
Make a secure container from a plastic box, bucket etc. and make sure
it has a secure, ventilated lid.
Put a cardboard toilet roll or kitchen roll inner tube inside, with
several torn up sheets of soft paper.
In a jam jar lid or similar small container, put a small bit of apple
or banana, a few currants and flakes of cereal.
In another tiny lid put a screwed up piece of kitchen roll that has
been soaked in water and wrung out so it is fairly wet.
Put the food and water at the side of the container then add the
casualty to the are with the paper.
Leave in a quiet room for 2 - 3 hours or overnight if found late in the
Carefully lift a corner of lid and check for droppings and see if the
food has been eaten.
If the mouse is lively and eating, it can be released into a thick
hedge, compost heap or wood pile in the garden.
Take the container to the safe spot, make sure no cats are about and
remove the lid.
Gently tip the box on its side so the opening is sheltered from view
and let the mouse leave on its own.
Obvious injury or blood
Leave in the darkened box while you find the nearest rescue centre or
Transport the casualty as gently and quietly as possible.
For more details see: First Aid for Birds
First Aid for
Mix well and apply to the injury with
clean lint or cotton wool.
Hypercal tincture is a
combination of Hypericum and Calendula plant extracts. Hypericum
is an effective pain
remedy and Calendula is excellent at promoting healing. It can be
used on people, too and is a valuable addition
to the First Aid kit. It can be obtained from any homoeopathic pharmacy
and lasts for years if kept in a cool, dark
place away from strong chemicals.
Stir to dissolve and use to clean any
scratches or cuts.