First Aid Tips That May Save Your Dogs Life
If accident or illness befalls your dog
suddenly, immediate and effective first aid could mean the difference between life and the unthinkable for your
The dictionary defines of first aid is-
emergency aid or treatment given to someone injured, suddenly ill,… before regular medical services arrive or
can be reached.
Give that the treatment rendered by first
aid is preliminary or first, before regular medical treatment, a first aid kit should include items that will
help you care for your dog during those initial minutes of crisis.
The first thing that you should do in
anticipation of any potential medical emergency is to prepare 2 dog first aid kits.
You can make a first kit up using a
waterproof container or simple nylon bag, Keep one in a cool dry place in your home and one in your
Individual components of the first aid kit
can be sealed in individual plastic food storage
bags. This will do nicely and save you money. If you take your dog camping, hiking or boating, be sure to take
your portable first aid kit with you when you head off on your adventure.
Your Dog First Aid Kit Should
Bandages-a roll of gauze is also recommended
Thermometer- many veterinarians recommend a rectal thermometer to assure an
accurate reading of your dog’s temperature
Hydrogen Peroxide- to clean scrapes and cuts
Tourniquet- if bleeding is serious, you will want to curtail the blood flow.
A triangular bandage or cloth is a must
Antibiotic ointment- Polysporin antibiotic cream sold over the counter in any
drug store. Applying this to a simple wound or scrape will help avoid infection and promote
swabs- for hard to reach areas and applications
pack- recommended for
sprains or any other health problem that calls for
Tweezers- to remove splinters, ticks and foreign objects
Blanket- to keep your dog covered
Emergency medical veterinary phone numbers: your vet, animal
hospital, local veterinary hospital if traveling, ASPCA Poison Control Hotline
Book- to address specific illnesses and/or injury written by a veterinarian.
First Aid If Your Dog is
If you believe that your dog may have
ingested a poison, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline immediately at:
(888) 426-4435. This call may make the difference between life and death.
First Aid If Your Dog is Injured
If your dog has been hurt, she will be
frightened and in potentially great discomfort. Be careful of moving her as you might aggravate the
injury. If she is in severe pain, even the
friendliest dog may snap at you in reaction to the pain. So handle your dog carefully for her safety as well as
If you had
a veterinarian who would show you how to take care of your dog, would you take a few minutes to learn more? If
First Aid Tips
Make sure to apply pressure to any area
which is bleeding. Stopping blood loss is critically important.
Cover your dog with a blanket. She may be in
In the case of a broken bone, you should
immobilize the affected area. This can be done with a simple splint in many cases.
If your dog has sustained a serious injury
to the back or spine do not pick her up and carry her. Slide or very slowly move her onto a flat board or
stretcher. If you have help use 2 people to slowly carry the board or stretcher to a car for transport to an
animal hospital. Spinal injuries can be very serious and life threatening. Time is of the essence but be careful
not to drive with abandon as you may hit pot holes in the road or have to slam on your brakes. Sudden movements
such as these can aggravate the injury to you dog.
Make sure that any open wounds are covered
with a clean cloth to prevent foreign matter such as dirt from entering the injured area.
Make sure that your dog’s mouth, throat,
nose and eyes are clear of dirt or mucus.
In the event that artificial respiration is necessary, don’t delay.
Your dog’s life hangs in the
balance. Gently hold her mouth close and breathe
into her nostrils until she starts to breathe on her own. Time your breaths so that you repeat this action six
times or breaths per minute.
I am not a veterinarian nor trained in
medical procedures. This information is based upon research I have done and what I have used in my dog’s first aid kit. In the event of any
medical emergency be sure to call your veterinarian immediately.
If a medical emergency occurs, you need to
act fast. Access to veterinary information is critical. Learn how you can have veterinary help at your
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