Dog first aid is no different from human first aid when it comes to following procedures. Whether dog or human, it helps to know something about injuries and conditions so you do not cause more harm.
Dog First Aid: Rule Number One
Remember that dogs will bite if they are in pain or afraid, which is often the case when they have been injured. Even the most docile dog can become dangerous in the right situations.
Rule Number Two: Protect the dog from additional harm
If a dog is on the roadway, find something solid to carefully put the dog onto, like a flat board and lift him to a safe location well away from traffic.
Rule Number Three: Begin life-saving treatment
Dog first aid carries the same treatment priority system as human first aid, often referred to as A-B-C. Airway – Breathing – Circulation. Making sure the dog can breathe is the first priority. Check for injuries to the dog’s chest that could mean a perforated or collapsed lung. Apply a tight wrap around the wound.
Rule Number Three: Call for help
Knowing dog first aid will come in handy many times during your relationship together. Always have a dog first aid kit handy for such emergencies. Some of the main ingredients must be: a muzzle, leash, scissors, tweezers, bandages, medical tape, small towel, a blanket, Kwik Stop or cornstarch to stop the bleeding if your dog tears a nail, and rubbing alcohol. Never give your dog anything by mouth (not even water) if he is in severe distress from an injury or accident.