Dogs and accidents

Apart from broken bones, due to cars or falls, the most common accident suffered by dogs is skin and/or muscle injuries. Any serious injury suffered by your dog demands immediate attention by a veterinarian.While transporting your dog to the veterinarian or while waiting for emergency services there are a few things that you should do that could very well save your dog's life or at least help to lessen the affects of its injuries.
You should begin administering AR or CPR if you find that your dog is not breathing or has no pulse. If your dog is bleeding through an open wound try and stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean bandage. If your dog has a broken bone don't move the dog until the fracture has been immobilized and you can move your dog on a proper stretcher or other hard surface. If your dog begins showing symptoms of "shock" then don't move it, just keep it warm and only give it a drink once it has fully regained consciousness. Any open wounds that you dog has should be covered with a fresh gauze bandage, to protect against infections.
If your dog should vomit, then you must make sure that the vomit doesn't enter into the dog's airways. Every accident that your dog suffers will have its own circumstances and problems but regardless of these factors the outcome will always be better if these simple tips and procedures are followed.
If you find your dog on the ground, whether or not you know the specific nature of the injury or problem and how serious it is, the first rule is always the same, keep your dog still, warm and with its head level with the rest of its body.
Should your dog be in state of severe shock you should keep it still and warm but with its head a little lower than the rest of its body. In cases where your dog vomiting or bleeding from its mouth the risk of your dog's airways becoming blocked with either blood or vomit is very dangerous. Be sure to keep your dog's head tilted to the side and level with its body. Take care that its tongue is not blocking its throat. You should also remove your dog's collar and/or leash to make sure that it can breathe without restraint.

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