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Dog first aid tips

Emergency Dog Care

Dog care givers must be aware of possible accidents, injuries and medications as this can help resolve dog health disorders.

A first aid kit is one of the best ways to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. A basic first aid kit comprises of various medications, bandages, wraps, nutritional support and medical supplies. A traveling kit must also be placed in the traveling vehicle to ensure you have help at hand as and when required. You can also have small compartments or small boxes of first aid labeled first aid bleeding, poison first aid, veterinary first aid, hydrogen peroxide first aid or tourniquet first aid to help you access medications according to the medical emergency instead of sorting through varied items.

Dog First Aid Care

First aid may be required for different situations such as bleeding or poisoning.

First aid care must be rendered to help ease the dog of discomfort, but any serious disorder that does not seem to resolve requires immediate medical attention. Always preserve important details and information pertaining to your dog's health. Vaccination records, health records and basic age, weight and breed information must be recorded in an information sheet. Copies of this information sheet must be part of the first aid kit and also be provided to care givers.

Bleeding can be caused due to either external or internal bleeding. External bleeding can be stopped by placing a cloth, absorbent towel or cotton swabs directly over the wound with a little pressure. Reducing and stopping the blood flow should be the primary concern in case of external bleeding. The blood flow can also be stopped using a tourniquet but it is important to remove the tourniquet after a short gap to allow blood circulation. Internal bleeding can be caused due to accidents or injuries. Internal bleeding is difficult to identify. Swelling and inflammation is one of the common indicators that imply internal bleeding. Pale gums, blood in urine, vomit, saliva and stools may also indicate internal bleeding. Stings, cuts and scrapes are other common occurrences for which care givers must be prepared.
Dogs are also prone to poisoning given that dogs lick or consume anything. The best way to deal with poisoning is to keep all possible dangerous items out of the dogs reach. Call your veterinarian immediately incase of poisoning. Common household poisons such as bleach, boric acid, cleaning fluid, deodorizers, deodorants, mothballs, kerosene, paint, prescription medicine and gasoline must be kept at bay. Certain vegetables, poisonous plants and herbs can cause convulsions among dogs. Certain indicators that imply poisoning are vomiting, loss of bowel movements, drooling, sudden trembling or weakness. Hydrogen peroxide first aid is the ideal way to induce vomiting in case of non caustic intake of poisonous substances. It is advisable to keep all such utilities in a safe container with important details of your dog.




  Submitted on April 7, 2010