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Dog First Aid and Dog First Aid Kits

Dog First Aid and Dog First Aid Kits
First-aid care for your dog.

Dogs run, jump, crawl, climb, explore, and in the process accidents might happen.
A basic knowledge of first-aid care will help you to remain calm and might save your dog’s life. Please keep in mind that these guidelines are not substitutes for veterinarian treatment and that you should still take your pet for professional treatment as soon as possible.

Emergency procedures involve checking for signs of life and attempting to revive an injured dog, including cleaning the airway, mouth to mouth resuscitation, and stopping bleeding.

First aid for pets is similar to first aid for humans. However, remember to keep your own safety in mind. An animal who is injured or in pain may lash out violently, so you need to protect yourself first by using restraint on your dog.

In almost all first aid situations, you can safely assume your dog is in pain. He might also be in shock or he might not appear to be suffering at all – at least until you try to move him! A dog who is injured and in pain cannot be held responsible for his behavior – he might bite your hand or resist being helped at all.

The good news is many minor dog injuries can be taken care of by you at home. First, assess the situation carefully and calmly. If the injury is minor and you feel confident in giving proper care to your pet, by all means, do so. But if the situation is serious, take immediate steps to stabilize your dog and transport him to your veterinarian immediately.

If your pet is in a great deal of pain or you’re uncertain of his reaction, place a soft muzzle on him. Be sure to tie it only as tightly as needed to keep the animal from biting, not so tightly as to cut off circulation.

More on Dog first aid

How to make an emergency soft muzzle

General tips and advice

Dog First Aid Kit

Dog Emergency kit – more tips

General information on shock, breathing difficulties, bleeding, and fractures.





Treating different types of injuries and conditions

Automobile injury

Convulsions, Fits and Seizures


Minor Cuts and Wounds

Animal Bites, Snake Bites, and Fight Wounds

Eye Injuries

Heatstroke or Heat Exhaustion


Bruises, Sprains and Strains


Broken or Bleeding Nail

Insect Bites and Stings



More tips and information

Taking Your Dog’s Temperature

Final thoughts on first aid care

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