General tips and advice on dog first aid
tips and advice
remember: When providing first aid, the most serious threats to
life are treated first.
that may require first aid would generally be the result of an automobile
accident, cuts, burns, animal or snake bites, electric shock, heat
stroke, poisoning, or insect bites and stings. First aid measures
are to be used only to keep the dog alive and relieve pain for the
amount of time it takes to get to a veterinarian.
an emergency keep calm and keep a level head. Appraise the dog’s
situation then call your veterinarian or the local pet hospital
emergency phone numbers near your telephone.
to keep your dog’s body warm (but not hot) and to restrict his movements
by placing a blanket, your coat, or a thick towel over him in order
to let his own body heat warm him up. Keep him as quiet as possible,
and keep movement to a minimum.
to avoid changing your dog’s position when he must be moved.
your dog is young or small he should be carried in your arms, a
box, or basket. Larger or adult dogs he should be carried by two
people using a blanket as a stretcher. Gently place the dog into
no food or liquids because emergency surgery might be necessary.
to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible, but drive carefully!
bottom line – In all cases get him to the veterinarian because even
small cuts can become big problems due to infection, and there can
be internal injuries you can’t see and your dog can’t tell you about.
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