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Final Thoughts on Dog First Aid

Final thoughts on first aid care:

Try 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.

As 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.

Normal 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 any problems.

If 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.

Taking Your Dog’s Temperature

Have 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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