Guest Post:Safety Fur-st: 5 First Aid Tips for Dog Owners

Hey Dog Lovers, 

Please enjoy this amazing guest post!

As dog parents, we are always concerned about the safety and well-being of our fur babies. If God forbid, they choke on something or get a small cut we immediately begin to panic. But panicking is never the solution, right. As responsible dog parents, we must know how to react to such situations mindfully to reduce the risk of any severe damage to our pooch’s health.

For starters, it is essential to maintain a first-aid kit for your dog. It must contain your veterinarian’s contact information, any antibiotic soap, gauze, bandage, a thermometer, Neosporin, milk of magnesia and cotton balls.

Once you have the kit ready, these are five first-aid tips for you to understand how to respond to dog emergencies:

My dog has ingested poison!

Our pups are always up for an adventure if left unsupervised, they might try to ingest items that can be harmful to them. Chocolate, grapes, macadamia nuts are some human foods that are poisonous to dogs. The same applies to typical household cleaning products and a few plants. If you notice your dog has swallowed poison; immediately call the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for assistance.

One home remedy of reducing damage to the organs due to poison digestion is giving milk of magnesia if the poison is acidic. If the poison is alkaline give him three teaspoons of vinegar mixed with water. The mixture should be made using four parts water for every part of vinegar used.

My dog got wounded!

Dogs can get scratches or wounds while playing. Firstly check if the injury is superficial or severe. For deep wounds and severe bleeding, it is advised to go to the vet immediately. However, you can place any cloth over the wound and try to clot the bleeding before you reach the vet.

If it is a mild injury you need to clean the wound (use soapy water to rinse the area and rewash with clean water) apply pressure until bleeding stops and apply an ointment such as Neosporin to it.

First-aid for burns

Burns can be of various types:

Thermal (Caused due to contact with flames or any hot surface or chewing an electrical wire)

Chemical (Caused due to contact with harmful chemicals)

Furthermore, burns can be either 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree. 1st degree being superficial while a 4th-degree burn is the most severe that extends into the bones.

If your dog had a thermal or electrical burn, the first thing you should do is muzzle it to avoid the risk of being bitten, and then flush the skin with cold water.  If it is due to contact with chemicals, then rinse your dog’s skin with warm water.  Don’t apply any ointment. Afterwards take your dog to the vet immediately to diagnose the degree of burn and the correct course of treatment.

How to treat a choking dog

Dogs are curious animals and can chew on almost anything. This habit might cause him to choke. In case of choking don’t muzzle the pooch, restrain it. Try to look in his mouth or throat for any object using a penlight, if you find something to remove it immediately. If you are unable to reach the object, perform five abdominal thrusts quickly by placing your fist on your dog’s last rib. If the dog is too large, you can either do abdominal thrusts or if he isn’t conscious, lay him to his right and use your palms to give five rapid abdominal thrusts behind the ribs to remove the obstruction.

What can you do for Heatstroke in dogs?

Staying in a hot environment can cause heatstroke in your dog. The symptoms are panting, vomiting or seizures. If you think your dog has had a heatstroke immediately get veterinary assistance as heatstroke can be fatal.

What you can do is to put your pup in a shaded area under a fan possibly and put a cold towel around his neck, head, and armpits.

These are five first-aid tips that you can follow, however, please keep in mind that first-aid isn’t equivalent to veterinary assistance and it is essential to take your pet to the doctor to be safe.



Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.


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