Save Your Dog's Life With This Dog First Aid Knowledge

By now you may have a dog first aid kit. If you don't, you can create your own or buy a packaged one (see dog First Aid Kit for more information on both options).

You have your kit, so are you ready to treat your dog in an emergency?

Learn What You'll Need

You will never know enough to treat every possible injury, illness or condition.

Learn the basics.

Learn how to treat life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Then, if you want, learn how to stabilize the non-life-threatening ones so that you can transport your dog to the vet.

If your dog's breed has specific health issues, learn about those as well.

The dog first aid procedures in this section go hand in hand with the information about signs and symptoms you'll find in the Symptoms section.

As you read through this section, you'll see that each first aid page has a link to the corresponding signs and symptoms page.

Each page begins with a list of the items you'll need from your dog first aid kit.

The steps to stabilize and/or treat the injury or illness follow the supplies list.

This section, like the Symptoms section, is a work in progress. We will be adding new first aid information regularly to help you treat your dog whenever she needs your help.

The Basics

The basics are a few things you'll find useful in just about any dog health situation.

Your Injured or Ill Dog - Learn how to help your injured or ill dog

How To Handle Your Dog - Learn how to restrain your dog to keep her, and you, safe.

Lift And Move Your Dog Safely - Learn how to life and move your dog after an accident.

Basic Wound Care - Follow these simple procedures for cleaning and caring for minor wounds.

How To Induce Vomiting - There are times when you should induce vomiting, and times you shouldn't.

Learn when, and how, to do it.

CPR - CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, could save your dog's life if her heart stops beating. And did you know that you can use the Heimlich Maneuver to save her from choking? Learn how to do both here.

Life-Threatening Injuries and Illnesses

Life-threatening injuries and illnesses are ones where you need to stabilize your dog and get her to the vet or emergency animal clinic as quickly as you can.

Non-Life-Threatening Injuries and Illnesses

Non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses are ones that you probably can treat on your own.

This does not mean to do it without consulting your vet.

If you think there is any chance of internal injuries, your vet should see your dog.

First Aid for Burns - Most of the burns your dog is likely to sustain are minor ones. You'll find help for minor and more serious wounds here.

First Aid for Fractures - Fractures can be either minor breaks or serious life-threatening problems. Learn what you can do before taking her to the veterinarian or emergency clinic.

First Aid for Vomiting - Dogs vomit. It's a fact of life. However, recurring vomiting is a sign that your dog is not well.

Call your vet or take your dog to the clinic before beginning to treat her for vomiting.

There may be more serious issues causing the vomiting.

First Aid for Wounds - Wounds can be minor or serious. See The Basics above for help with basic wound care. For serious wounds, read here for treatment options.

Diseases and Conditions

There are many diseases and conditions that dogs suffer from.

Some are chronic, while others present acute, sometimes life-threatening, symptoms.

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