First Aid

First aid can literally mean the difference between life and death in both humans and animals. Dogs are no different, and knowing some basic first aid procedures and having some simple equipment at hand if your dog gets injured or becomes ill is the first line of defense they’ll need before further medical treatment (from a vet for example) can be accessed.

Seeing your own family pet in pain or witnessing the injury of somebody else’s dog in the street can be a shocking and upsetting experience, but having the knowledge and knowhow of what to do in an emergency can make a painful and scary situation a calm and safe one.

Although there are no official courses that grant dog owners the right to be first aiders, there are several simple procedures and techniques that can save the life of an animal. For example knowing about foods and their toxins, what to do if your dog has been stung or attacked and what to do and not to do if there has been a car accident.

Like humans dogs have feelings and emotions, so they can become agitated, angry or sacred if they become injured or ill in some way. If a caring, knowledgeable and confident person is at hand you can relieve their stress and comfort them until professional help can be obtained.

Dogs are man’s best friend and sometimes you need to repay that friendship with first aid help when problems might arise.

The Basics of Dog First Aid

What is first aid for dogs

First aid kit

Physical examination

Moving an injured dog

How to muzzle a dog

When to contact a veterinarian

Conditions & Injuries - Symptoms, prevention and treatment

Abrasions

Abscess

Allergic Reactions

Artificial respiration (CPR)

Bandaging

Bleeding

Bloat

Broken toenail

Chemical Burns

Choking

Collapsing

Convulsions, fits & seizures – single

Convulsions, fits & seizures – repeated

Dehydration

Diarrhea

Dog Bites

Drowning

Electric Shock

Eye Injuries – Foreign object in the dog’s eye

Fainting & Dizzinessf

Falls

Fever

Fishhook Wounds

Fly Bites

Fractures

Frostbite

Gunshot Wound

Heat Burns

Hot Spots (moist eczema)

Hyperthermia (Heatstroke)

Hypothermia

Impalement Injuries

Incisions – Serious cuts

Incisions – Simple cuts & nicks

Insect Bites

Lacerations

Lick Sores

Limping

Nose bleed

Poisoning

Porcupine Quills

Punctures

Shock

Skin Irritation

Splinters

Strains

Strangulation

Sunburn

Unconsciousness

Urinary blockage

Vaginal prolapse

Vomiting

Whelping (birth, queening)