First Aid : Dog Shock
signs of shock in dogs are:
pale (possibly even white) mucous membranes – gums, lips, under
eyelids; rapid noisy breathing; rapid heartbeat with a weak pulse;
coolness of skin, legs and ears; weakness; collapse, coma or unconsciousness;
staring eyes and dilated pupils, severe depression or listlessness;
any or all of these signs occur after an accident or prolonged illness,
treat for shock and call the veterinarian immediately.
airways open, giving artificial respiration or heart massage as
necessary, bandage or splint any fracture or extensive wound.
your dog in a thick cloth or towel to conserve body heat. If the
dog is unconscious, keep its head as low as, or lower than, the
rest of the body. Gently massage legs and muscles to maintain circulation
unless you suspect that they may be fractured or broken.
If your dog is conscious and restless, keep him horizontal and well
him to the veterinarian immediately if possible. Time is vital,
especially for the intravenous introduction of fluid in severe cases.
you absolutely can’t get immediate veterinary help – either at all
or for a few hours – give fluids orally if he is conscious. Administer
an amount (depending on dog’s size) of tepid water mixed with glucose
every 30 minutes for 4 or 5 doses.
give anything by mouth if the dog is unconscious, convulsing or
vomiting. Take pulse and breathing rate every 30 minutes and record
them. Take note of any blood in urine, vomiting, etc., and report
these details to the vet.
can occur with an acute loss of blood volume such as hemorrhage,
heart failure and other causes of decreased circulation (e.g. severe
and sudden allergic reaction and heat stroke). If not treated quickly
and effectively shock may cause irreversible injury to body cells,
and it can be rapidly fatal.
veterinary attention immediately!
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