What Every Dog Owner Should Know About First Aid

Dog owners hope one thing that they’ll never need is a first aid kit for their beloved friend. If something should ever happen to your dog, stay calm, don’t ever panic and assess the situation slowly and take a good look at just how serious your dog’s injury actually is.
If the injury is more than superficial, and it is serious, a fast and accurate response is much needed. Your goals are to save life, prevent or lessen the pain and ultimately stop the situation from getting any worse. With all of this in mind, you will need to:

Get yourself and your dog out of any unseen future danger. This means, if your dog got hit in the middle of the road, don’t try to help your dog in the middle of the road. Move to a safer location.

Check your dog’s responses. Does it respond to your touch? Does it respond to your voice? Can your dog even move? Does your dog’s eyes open and close?

Make sure the airways are free. Sometimes a dog’s life can be lost by a blockage of the airways. Is there a blockage in the throat? Is the tongue preventing your dog from receiving air? If yes, try to unblock this passage.

Is your dog breathing? Not only take a visual observation to see if your dog is breathing, but touch it. Feel to see if it is inhaling and exhaling. CPR may be required if your dog is not breathing.

Check for a pulse. A pulse can be located in the gums of your dog to see if blood is circulating properly. Again, CPR will be needed to be done if there is not any evidence of blood circulating.

In thr Dog Owners Home Vet Handbook by Debra M. Eldredge, these points below are commonly known in all pets as DR ABC.

With any life, time is of the up most importance. You will need to take any seriously hurt dog to your local veterinary hospital asap.Incidents that are more minute, in most cases can be handled by yourself with the right material. These occurrences could include but not limited to such things as wounds from other dogs like bites, insect stings, and very small wounds. Mostly all dog first aid is simply common sense. If you have to question your ability to treat your dog, get the dog to the vet immediately.

A easy at home first aid kit for your dog should be readily available at all times and even be taken in the automobile if the dog travels with you. A muzzle is a much needed item that should required in this kit. A dog who is normally gentle and loving by nature, when in a threatening situation or in severe pain, could viciously attack anyone even its owner. Claw cutters, h2O, tweezers and scissors are also needed. These will assist in cutting the fur around the wound and possibly aid in the removal of any tiny items such as a rock. Bandages, wrap, tape, sterile swabs, cleaning wipes and stretch bandages may be required after you have throughly cleaned and disinfected the injury. Other useful items would be a blanket, gloves and a thermometer.

In any situation that requires first aid, remain calm, act smart, confident and stay quiet. If you freak out, this could easily result in the dog becoming more scared and escalating the problem. Absolutely always get in touch with a vet if there is any trauma or if you have doubt.

Resource (book) Dog Owners Home Vet Handbook by Debra M. Eldredge

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