January 17, 2018

First Aid treatment for a bleeding dog

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Many dogs have died from shock resulting from profuse bleeding. Dogs can die from internal bleeding as apart from the fact that there is no first aid treatment for this condition, symptoms are not readily apparent so that the life saving treatment is not given to the dog in time. Accidents can happen to the dog because these animals jump, climb, explore, run and chase prey oblivious of oncoming traffic. Learning how to give first aid is one of the responsibilities of dog owners given the propensity of these animals to get involve in accidents. A dog owner would naturally panic once the injured pet is seen but to be able to administer first aid treatment the pet owner has to be calm.

Because of the inquisitive and energetic nature dogs seem to have an invisible magnet for accidents. A dog owner has to be prepared to deal with the injuries of the pet. Dogs commonly sustain minor cuts and abrasions and these injuries can be easily resolved using the contents of the first aid kit. The dog may sustain serious injuries that would need a vet’s attention but the pet owner would still need to administer first aid that will stabilize the pet’s condition.

A quick that is accidentally cut when trimming the dog’s nails can cause the pet to bleed. Although the dog may bleed a lot and leave bloody marks on the floor this is not a serious condition as it can be easily resolved with styptic powder. If the pet comes home trailing bloody footprints because of a profusely bleeding wound, can you administer first aid?

First aid for pets is pretty much the same as first aid for humans. Losing two teaspoons of blood pet pound of body weight can make a dog go into shock thus first aid measures would be very necessary to control the bleeding. A bandage or a towel must be applied directly on the wound. To maintain the pressure, the soaked through towel must not be removed. Another first aid method that controls bleeding is to elevate the bleeding body part above the heart. Bleeding can be reduced as well by applying pressure to the pressure points. Tourniquet can stop heavy bleeding but this dangerous method must be administered only by a competent person.

Internal bleeding is rather hard to recognize as no bleeding will be noticed in the dog. Internal bleeding commonly results when the dog was hit by an oncoming car or had fallen from heights. Symptoms of internal bleeding are weak pulse, shallow breathing and pale gums. There is no first aid for a dog that is bleeding internally. The dog would need emergency medical care.

Bleeding? More information on this and first aid for dogs can be found at Sarah’s Dogs.

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