Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life

Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life

Podcast | Kiara – Top First-Aid Tips that could save your dog’s life


Dogs are curious creatures, and they are unaware of the danger. They always chew on what they shouldn’t eat, get into unsafe situations, or go to unsafe places to explore. Sometimes, out of curiosity, they get into trouble. Learn how to help your pet if it chokes, stops breathing, or is seriously injured. Following first aid tips can save your pet’s life and reduce pain and suffering in an emergency.

Table of Contents

  1. Learning first aid
  2. Know your dog
  3. Know how to check for a pulse
  4. Know how to help your choking dog
  5. Know how to administer CPR
  6. Know how to muzzle your pet
  7. Be prepared for an emergency
  8. Conclusion

 

 

1. Learning first aid

Pet First-Aid courses are offered both practically and online. They cover all key aspects of dog first aid, such as caring for an unconscious dog, common injuries, and illnesses such as bleeding, choking,  poisoning, and more. These pet first aid courses are arranged in small groups, with a practical approach on specially designed dog mannequins and many training aids.

 

2. Know your dog

Behavioural changes, such as changes in appetite, bowel movements, and even odour, may indicate that something is seriously wrong with your pet. Explore the key indicators to look out for to act quickly.

 

3. Know how to check for a pulse

The dog’s pulse is most easily determined in the upper third of the thigh. Place your hands on the dog’s hips and gently squeeze your fingers just below their leg. At this point, you should feel a pulse in arteries. Your thumb has a strong heart rate, so do not use it to measure the dog’s heart rate, or you will be measuring your heart rate! Measure heart rate for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 to calculate the beats per minute.

4. Know how to help your choking dog

When something blocks the airway, choking occurs. When the airway is partially blocked, the dog may start pacing back and forth and pawing at its mouth. Dogs can choke on anything from balls, socks, plastic bags, toys, or anything else they can get their hands on. If it goes the wrong way, it can make them unable to breathe. You must know these things so that you know how to act quickly to clear the congestion.

 

5. Know how to administer CPR

If your dog stops breathing, call your veterinarian immediately. You may need to perform CPR to improve your dog’s chances of survival.

6. Know how to muzzle your pet

Even the kindest dog can bite if they are afraid or in pain,  so you should know how to get a temporary muzzle for him as this will help in keeping you safe and help the dog. You should never muzzle overheated animals that have trouble breathing.

7. Be prepared for an emergency

Save the veterinarian’s name, address, and phone number on cell phones, landlines, and in your address book or a safe place. Call your veterinarian first. You must inform him that an emergency has occurred along the way and follow the instructions given. Get your pen and paper ready. Write down important instructions from your veterinarian. Always have a pet first aid kit with you in case your pet needs your help.

 

8. Conclusion

Learn the pet’s first aid if you are a pet parent and call your vet in case of an emergency condition.

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