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Dealing with an Injured Dog

By Hundidocom @hundidopuppy
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Accidents usually happen when least expected, so it’s sensible to be prepared at all times. A knowledge of first aid can be useful and, in some instances, essential. Emergency situations need immediate action; if you know what to do, you may be able to limit the injuries sustained by your dog, and perhaps even save his life.

Moving and Lifting an Injured Dog

Don’t move an injured dog unless you have to, as any movement may aggravate his injuries. However, if it’s imperative that he is moved, do so with utmost care. You may need help to move a large dog safely. If you’re alone, you can move a large unconscious dog by gently and smoothly dragging or rolling him onto a coat or blanket, and carefully dragging him to safety. Muzzle him before you move him.

If your pet is injured, it could be in pain and is also most likely scared and confused. You need to be careful to avoid getting hurt, bitten or scratched. Never assume that even the gentlest pet will not bite or scratch if injured. Pain and fear can make animals unpredictable or even dangerous. - source

Check out Puppy First-Aid: What Every Owner Needs to Know.

It’s easier to restrain, examine or treat a dog at waist height; so, if possible, place him on a table or bench – cover this with a blanket or other material first to prevent him from slipping and panicking. Restrain him gently but firmly (by the collar if he is wearing one, or you around his neck if he will allow it and it won’t aggravate any injury) while you assess what should be done next.

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Placing your hand over his back and under his chest will allow you to hold him firmly and safety while you apply appropriate first aid. To help ensure that you dog will always be fairly easy to restrain, practice restraint on him throughout his life – starting when he is a puppy.

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