First Aid Tips For Your Dog

Dogs are curious creatures with no concept of danger, and their curiosity can sometimes lead them into dangerous situations. When it comes to accidents and emergencies, you never know what will happen, so being prepared is always a good idea- it could save your best pal’s life. 

Understanding A Emergency Situation

Dogs can not tell you when something is wrong, so you need to be able to read the signs and notice any changes in their behavior. Changes in appetite, energy levels, and bowel movements are the most common indications that something might not be quite right. Know what to look out for so you can help your best buddy get back to tail wags and wet-nosed kisses. Here are some emergency scenarios where you should immediately take your dog to the vet. 

If they-

  • Are unresponsive to you
  • Have eaten something toxic or potentially harmful
  • Are choking or having difficulty breathing
  • Pass diarrhea for more than 24 hours.
  • Collapse and can’t get up
  • Have a deep wound or substantial bleeding.
  • Have a seizure
  • Have potentially broken a bone
  • Experience difficulties coordinating movements
  • Experience constant vomiting

Keep A Basic First Aid Kit 

For basic wound control:

  • Gauze
  • Non-stick badges
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Cotton Balls
  • Antibiotic Spray/Ointment.
  • Tweezers for bee stings and splinters
  • Blunt end scissors- if you need to cut away fur to access a wound.

If your dog ingests something toxic:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide – you may have to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide. Always check with a poison control professional or your vet before inducing vomiting. 

For traveling to the vet:

  • Towel or blanket
  • Collapsible travel water bowl
  • Durable waterproof leash and collar -the last thing you want is your dog’s leash or collar to break while you are on the way to the vet or in the vet’s office. Dogs can be unpredictable when sick or scared, so it’s essential to keep them under control with the right gear. If they vomit or release their bowels, waterproof gear makes for easy clean-up so you can focus on what matters most-your furry best friend.  

Be Prepared For Emergencies

First and foremost, contact your veterinarian if you are at all concerned about your dog. It’s always better to be on the cautious side. If it’s an emergency, you will need to notify them that you are on your way so they can be prepared for you. You’ll need to follow any instructions you’re given, so keep a pen and paper on hand if the veterinarian gives you any important instructions to remember.

Keep your veterinarian’s name, address, and telephone number stored in your mobile and a safe spot around the house for quick access! If you’re dealing with a critical emergency, you’ll want all of your dog’s info in one place, such as their health book, with their vaccine info, and keep a note of their weight. If you go out of town and leave your pup with a friend or dog sitter, make sure they know where the doggie first aid kit is, along with the pup’s paperwork and the emergency contact numbers.

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