Sure, you may be a master of human First Aid. But do you know what to do in a dog health emergency?
Approaching Dog Health Emergencies: Two Steps
1. In any dog health emergency, stay calm and think.
2. Approach dog cautiously. The dog may become aggressive because of fear or pain. You canít help dog if youíre hurt yourself.
Dog Emergency 1: Traffic Accident:
1. If possible, do not move dog.
2. Call nearest Humane Society or ASPCA office.
3. If animal workers canít or wonít come and you must move dog, slide a blanket under animal. Lift animal to safety with help of another person.
4. Check for a heartbeat and bleeding. Try to stop excessive loss of blood by holding a clean cloth or pad over wound and securing it tightly with a makeshift bandage.
5. Take dog to nearest vet, calling ahead to prepare them for emergency.
Dog Heathcare Emergency 2: Burns
1. Immerse burned body part in cold running water for as long as possible.
2. If burn is from a caustic substance, wash it off.
3. Call vet.
Canine Health Emergency 3: Heat stroke
Warning signs: The dog is overheated and without sufficient air. The dog might be panting, vomiting, frothing at mouth, or already collapsed.
1. Remove froth,
2. Place or douse dog with cold water to lower body temperature.
3. Take dog immediately to veterinarian for treatment. Treatment usually consists of more cold water, drugs and observation.
Emergency 4: Dog Poisoning
Warning signs: Look for muscular twitching, vomiting, bleeding, convulsion or collapse.