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First Aid for your dog
This article has been produced as a guide only.
Here is a brief guide to the first steps and basic equipment requirements.
Treatment of First Aid is based on 3 aims and 4 rules
First Aid Steps
Step I - Restrain the animal
Step 2 - Examination
Transport to the vets surgery
If you have to lift the dog place them in a towel or blanket and two people should lift the animal. Small dogs can be carried by putting your right arm gently around its neck like a large wide collar and using your left arm to scoop the body up. Larger dogs can he carried by putting your right arm around its front legs and your left arm around its hind legs.
Whatever the size of the animal. always take into account the location of the injury and never block the airway. Hold the animal close to your body and make sure that the dogs head cannot turn and bite you!
Never feed an animal in case they need surgery or anesthetic.
If the dog has a suspected spinal injury. Improvise, use a stretcher.
First Aid Kit
Having a first aid kit for your dog is always a good idea. Keep it in an obvious place in the house or car or both.
Here’s a list of basic materials to get you started:
Container: Airtight and light. Perhaps brightly coloured, so easy to find.
Scissors: Blunt ended ones for cutting bandages or hair around a wound.
Tweezers: Round ended ones are best for pulling out thorns & splinters.
Cotton Wool: Buy it in rolls rather than balls.
Bandages: Two or three different widths.
Antiseptic: Always in diluted solution form. Hibiscrub and surgical spirit are very good
Sticking Plaster: Fabric based and or Steristrip skin suture are ideal.
Gauze Pads: Buy sterile ones for applying to wounds.
Eyewash: Lots of brands available on the market. Sterile saline is very good.
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