Like Humans, Your Dog Isn’t Bullet-Proof.
They are not invincible. The time comes when they get injured and when that happens, you should know what to do. The question is, how prepared are you when your beloved four-legged friend sustained an injury?
Obviously, knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more effective you’ll be in handling dog injuries. Thus, in this post, let us take a look at some of the important things you need to do when your dog is injured.
Know The Cause
It is super important for you to know what caused your dog’s injury. By knowing its cause, you’ll learn more about what to do, what to expect, and how to prevent further damage.
For example, if your dog is injured due to a car hitting him, you can quickly know what to look for. You can check for broken bones, bleeding, and possible internal trauma.
Prevent Further Injury
The least you want to do is add more injury to your dog. Sometimes, because of our zeal in helping, we may cause more harm than good.
When you see your dog is injured, quickly survey the area and see if there are potential dangers around. For example, if your dog is electrocuted, be sure to turn off the main electric source. If your dog was hit by a car, bring him to a safer place, away from traffic.
Don’t move your dog quickly or forcefully. This may worsen your dog’s injury.
Keep Your Dog Calm
Some dogs who are injured can become anxious, afraid, and stressed out. Thus, it is crucial to approach your dog properly. If not, they may panic, escape, bite and scratch you.
Examine Your Dog
The best way to treat your dog is to know more about his injury. The more you know, the more you’ll be able to treat him effectively.
In just one look, you can easily determine whether your dog is in pain. From there, you should get an idea of what your dog is enduring.
However, you shouldn’t stop there. You also need to check other underlying conditions that you might not easily find.
Check your dog’s entire body. Look for cuts, abrasions, deformities, bleeding, and other signs of injuries. Your dog may be limping, licking the injured part of his body, whining, or unable to get up.
Take note as much as possible of all manifestations of your dog’s injury and the circumstances that lead to the injury.
Call Your Vet
Your vet is your go-to guy when it comes to dealing with your dog’s injuries. You need to report to your vet what might have happened to your dog. Provide as much information as possible. For emergency purposes, always have your vet’s contact details ready and easy to retrieve.
Remember These Tips
Since there can be different types of injury and severity, it is a must that you remember these tips:
- Always be careful when handling an injured dog. They may be in pain and fear, which can make animals dangerous and unpredictable.
- As much as you want, don’t hug your dog until you are sure what injury he is having. Hugging your dog may cause more pain.
- If your dog is bleeding, stop it first. Loss of blood can easily lead to death. Apply pressure with the use of bandage or by wrapping a handkerchief around the wound.
- Follow your vet’s directive. If you have any questions or something isn’t clear to you, don’t hesitate to ask.
- Remember that the first aid you provided to your dog isn’t enough, but should be followed by immediate medical care. First aid is only a temporary intervention.
We all don’t want our furry friends to get injured. However, accidents may happen and when they do, it is always nice to have basic knowledge of how to take care of them.
So, do your research, get familiar with veterinary care, and medical interventions. You never know when you’ll need them.
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