WHY IS FIRST AID IMPORTANT
- Pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death
- 25 percent of pets can be saved if just one basic skill or technique was applied prior to receiving veterinary care.
- Appropriate first aid measures can keep your animal alive until you are able to get to a vet.
RESTRAINING A INJURED DOG
- If the dog is a stray and if you have a leash make a loop out of it by passing the end that would normally attach to the leash through the handle loop then loop the converted leash over his head and gently tighten.
- If you don’t have a leash or if the leash is not working throw a blanket or towel over the dog and don’t go near the mouth
- Once the dog is wrapped in the blanket scoop the dog up into your arms and make sure of the position of the dogs mouth and claws because most probably it will be determined to bite through the blanket.
- Put the dog in a box
- In an emergency situation where a dog has breathing problems make the dog lie on its right side.
- Use soft tones to talk to the dog
- Use a muzzle (unless the dog is vomiting or unconscious)
- If you don’t have a muzzle, make one out of a gauze roll.
- Wrap it around the snout quickly but not too tight that the dog can’t breathe
- Watch the dog carefully to make sure it can breathe comfortably.
- For a small dog hold the front and rear legs of the dog to prevent it from kicking and keep the injured side of the dog against your body.
- For a large dog place the dog on a blanket or towel as a stretcher.CPR