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.
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.
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.
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.
on Dog first aid
to make an emergency soft muzzle
tips and advice
First Aid Kit
Emergency kit – more tips
General information on shock, breathing difficulties, bleeding,
different types of injuries and conditions
Fits and Seizures
Cuts and Wounds
Bites, Snake Bites, and Fight Wounds
or Heat Exhaustion
Sprains and Strains
or Bleeding Nail
Bites and Stings
More tips and information
Your Dog’s Temperature
thoughts on first aid care
: Pet Supplies