DESTITUTE ANIMAL SHELTER
VET'S CLINIC - FIRST AID
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Injured DogYour dog cannot talk and tell you when it is ill or in pain, so your best guide to your pets health is your own observation.

A minor injury can be cleaned with a damp cotton wool pad. Any matted fur should then be trimmed away with blunt scissors and a mild antiseptic applied. If a wound is bleeding profusely, hold a gauze pad soaked in cold water firmly over it. If the blood soaks through, apply more dressings on top but do not remove the first dressing. Then bandage firmly over the dressings, taking care not to cut off the circulation and take your dog to the Vet. Never use a tourniquet.

CHOKING
If your dog gets a piece of bone stuck in its mouth or throat, you may be able to remove it yourself with a pair of tweezers. Ask for help restraining the dog then open its mouth. If you can't see the foreign body, or it seems stuck don't poke about, as you may make things worse. You must then take your dog to the Vet.

MOVING AN INJURED DOG
When a dog has been injured in an accident, it will have to be moved as quickly as possible even though, in other circumstances, it would be better to leave it where it is until you know the extent of its injuries.
If you have help— with a large dog 3 people are better than 2— lift the dog's body onto a coat or blanket keeping it as flat as possible by supporting the back, head and pelvis.
If you have to manage alone lay the blanket right up to the dogs back then move it's body one section at a time and pull the blanket along the ground until you reach a safe place and then call assistance. Then two people can lift the blanket with a hand at each corner, keeping it taught. If possible, have a third person supporting the back of a medium to large dog.

STINGS
In most cases of stings, an ice pack applied to the swelling is all that is needed, though a vinegar solution applied to a wasp sting can be soothing. If you see a bee sting embedded in a dogs flesh, remove it with tweezers. Not many dogs have serious allergic reactions to stings but swelling in the mouth can block the dogs airway so you must take your dog to the Vet.

HEATSTROKE
Many dogs suffer heatstroke in hot weather, especially if they are left in cars or places where there is no shade. The symptoms are heavy panting, frothing at the mouth and possibly vomiting. First clear the mouth of frothy saliva and sponge its face with cold water, then put wet towels over its body and pour on cold water as the towels warm up.

Please note: Most dog bites happen in Summer as overheating can cause the dog to become very grumpy.