Final Thoughts on Dog First Aid
thoughts on first aid care:
to keep calm so you can assess whether you need the vet right away,
or whether your first aid treatment is sufficient for the time being
and you can see the vet in the morning, or even not at all.
far as possible, start first aid treatment while on your way to
the vet. For example, if you are trying to control bleeding, start
at once but meanwhile get the dog into the car and get someone to
drive you to the vet. Continue the treatment while you are traveling
there. If there is no way you can get to the vet quickly and safely,
get someone to call the vet while you perform first aid treatment.
body temperature for dogs ranges between 99.5° to 102.5°F.
Like humans, dogs need to keep their body temperature as close to
normal as possible. Learn to check your dog’s temperature if possible
when you have concerns and contact your veterinarian if you find
you’re uncertain you can handle the following procedure, see your
veterinarian. But it is possible for the owner to take a pet’s temperature,
depending upon the disposition of the pet.
Your Dog’s Temperature
someone assist you by holding the back end of the pet. Use a rectal
thermometer. An oral thermometer should never be used to get a rectal
temperature. First shake the thermometer thoroughly until the column
of mercury is about 96°. Lubricate the thermometer with petroleum
jelly or mineral oil. Grasp the pet’s tail and lift it. With a gentle,
twisting motion insert the thermometer until half its length is
in the rectum.
Retain your grip on the thermometer and tail for at least three
minutes. Remove the thermometer and read the mercury level. If the
pet’s temperature is above 103°F (which is considered to be
a fever) or below 99°F consult your veterinarian.
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