What is the reason for dog first aid?
- Saving Life
- Reducing Pain
- Relieving Suffering
- Promoting Recovery
When should dog first aid be used?
Immediately following an accident or sudden illness. First aid should be restricted to what is necessary to save an animal’s life, to reduce pain and therefore to stop suffering until the animal receives attention by the veterinary surgeon. It is usually much better to take the dog to the vet, rather than calling the vet to you as they will be better equipped at the surgery to carry out the correct treatment required.
Who can carry out first aid?
First aid can be administered to an animal by anyone. It is not necessary to make a diagnosis of injury to provide effective first aid; indeed diagnosis can only be made legally by a qualified veterinary surgeon.
Have the following things ready in your home so you are prepared for any incident.
- A Dog First Aid kit – Your vet can advise on what to keep in here
- The phone number and address of your vet
- A working pen and a pad of paper: For vet’s instructions
- A clean large blanket which may be used as a stretcher if needed
Remember, try not to panic or be a hero. An emergency situation will require you to be speedy, calm and most importantly safe. Think slowly but act fast.
It is vital to remember that a sudden illness or injury will cause your dog to be potentially very scared, painful and in shock. In this very high stress situation even very docile dogs can bite and you must ensure your own safety. Having a muzzle or a piece of material (e.g. an old tie) to use as a “tape muzzle” will allow you to aid your dog confidently. Tape muzzles cause no harm to your dog and reduce any risk of harm to you or your dog. Your vet can advise you on application of a tape muzzle.
Never rush straight to your vets without telephoning first.
It may be that the emergencies are seen at a different site, or that the vet could give you vital advice before you travel with your dog. It may also possible that there is no vet at the surgery at that specific time.
We run dog first aid course and we hope to have one coming up in the near future, Keep a look out on are website or are Facebook and Twitter accounts.