Emergencies with your dog
If you at some moment need to check or transport a canine that has been severely hurt or injured, using the following techniques will insure the safety of both the dog as well as the owner.
- Study the scene and look for clues that can help you understand the nature of your dog's injury. If the dog has been hit by a car make sure that the road is clear before you begin to help the dog.
- Go slow while approaching the dog. If the dog is growling, baring it's teeth, or showing any other signs of aggression, make sure to be very careful. Even the most trusted pet can react aggressively when in extreme pain.
- If the dog seems to be upset or aggressive it is best to muzzle it. You can muzzle it by using a commercial muzzle or with a piece of cloth, like a panty hose. Wind it around the jaws of the dog and then tie it behind the neck. You can also place a towel under the dog's head in addition to the muzzle to help calm him down.
- Make sure to place a bandage or a clean cloth over any wound that is bleeding severely and apply pressure to it.
- With the help of someone carry the dog to the vehicle either by using a towel, flat board, tarp or any other piece of sturdy material to carry the dog on. Very carefully put the dog onto the transport vehicle. If you have a smaller dog, you can carry him in a crate or box.
- Take care not to move more than necessary any dog that is suffering from broken bones. Do not move or attempt to set any broken limbs.