3 Tips To Consider in Handling Dog Emergencies

Just like any other emergency you have to be prepared for a dog emergency as well if you have a dog.

Do you know what you have to do if your or another dog suffers a serious, life-threatening injury?

They may have a severe allergy to an insect bite or a bee sting just like human beings. It is not enough to know your vet’s phone number because you cannot know when or where an emergency can take place; you may be far from home and may not know the closest emergency animal clinic. An emergency involving this little four-legged member of your family is just as stressful and scary as one involving any other member. Someone can look like the toughest owner but once something is wrong with their dog and they do not know what to do, they instantly turn into a helpless ball of mush. So, what can we do in case of an emergency involving our little friend? Here are three tips just to make you a little bit more prepared to a situation like this:

Basics

First Aid Kit for Dogs
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You must have a first aid kit and the phone number of your vet, needless to say. But in case there is not enough time or it is not possible to move your dog, you must be well-versed in some of the more common animal emergencies. Even if you never use it on your dog, you may become a hero by saving some other dog’s life.

Caring for wounds

Don't Apply Hydrogen Peroxide Directly on Wounds
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You should never use hydrogen peroxide on a bleeding wound. It can cause your dog to lose more blood, by slowing clotting to the area. The best thing you can do for a severely bleeding wound is to apply a clean cloth and hold it in place for five minutes directly on your dog’s skin and then tape the cloth to the wound. Another thing that would slow clotting would be removing that original cloth. So, instead of replacing it with a new cloth if blood soaks through, it should be layered with more clean cloths.

Poisoning

Poisonous Amphibians to Dogs
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Certain varieties of toads, salamanders, newts and other amphibians are poisonous to dogs if licked. But we know that our little friend loves to hold the little woodland creatures in his mouth. So what you have to do if you see your dog drooling, whining and wiping his mouth after a trip into the forest, is to take him to a clean water source and rinse his mouth thoroughly. It is fairly easy to cleanse the poison from the tongue and glands while it can be fatal if left in the mouth.

Even just imagining one of these scenarios happening to our dog is scary. So, please do not risk not knowing what to do in such an emergency. You can ask your vet how to handle these kinds of situations; he will certainly help you. Even if he doesn’t have time to teach you himself, he will show you where you can find the information.

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