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First Aid For Dogs - 10 Things EVERY Pet Owner Should Know

posted Feb 17, 2010, 6:23 PM by Angela G
[cross-posted from Dr. Jon's  Dog Crazy Newsletter]

If your dog had an accident or life-threatening injury, would you know what to do?

Often, the right preventive measures can save a dog's life. You never know when something can happen.  No one ever "expects" an accident or injury. That's why it's so important to be prepared.

First aid is important. So, what are the things you should know that could one day save your dog's life? This is my Top 10 List of things you should know in an emergency medical situation.

Here they are.

1.  How an injured dog behaves - You need to know what to expect from an injured pet to prevent injury to yourself.

2.  Vet phone numbers and address - You quickly need to know who to call and where to go. Make sure you also have numbers on hand for 24-hour emergency clinics that provide after-hours emergency care.

3.  Phone number of a friend - In some situations when a pet is lost or when you are trying to transport an injured pet, you can't do it alone. You need a friend's help. Always be prepared by having the phone number of an animal-loving friend you can call for help.

4.  CPR

5.  Heimlich maneuver

6.  How to bandage a wound - This can be easy to do and it is important to protect a wound. Bandaging helps to control bleeding and helps keep the wound clean.

7.  How to stop bleeding - Gentle pressure is the best way to stop bleeding.

8.  Towel or blankets - They can be used to cover the wound or to help you pick up an injured pet.

9.  Strong blanket - This can help you transport an injured pet.

10.  Finances - It is important to be financially prepared. You need to be able to take care of your pet's medical needs.  Many clinics do not allow payment plans but do accept credit cards. One good way to protect your pet is to consider a pet insurance policy.

I hope that this helps.

Until next time,

Dr. Jon