What to do if your SAR dog has broken bones

In the case of fracture it is very important that the SAR dog be kept still and calm and that no attempt to move it be made until the broken bone has been place in a splint or immobilized in some other way. If the dog has been hit by a moving vehicle and you are not sure whether or not hit has suffered any damage to its spine, you should place something hard and rigid, like a table or board, under it before attempting to move it. If you do need to move the SAR dog and have place something hard under it make sure that all of the dog is on the board and that no part of it is hanging off. Never use anything flexible, like a sheet or towel to move a dog that has suffered damage to its backbone (or is suspected to have suffered damage). If for the safety of the SAR dog you absolutely must move it (such as if it lying in the highway) and you have nothing else available besides some material then carefully introduce the cloth under the dog's body and pull it along the ground from the end where the dog's head is. Never attempt to pull the SAR dog along the ground from the side and do not try and lift the dog on the flexible material or you could worsen the injury. Until you get the SAR dog to the veterinarian or emergency clinic try to keep its body temperature normal and steady. If you need to cover it to keep it warm be careful that it doesn't over heat as this can also cause further complications. Never attempt to self medicate the dog or fail to have it completely checked up after suffering an accident or injury. There are many problems or potential problems that can only be diagnosed by a professional using the proper equipment. If you have a question always consult with your veterinarian.

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