Dog First Aid - Emergencies (Bleeding)
We got a PAWsome pocket handbook on Pet First Aid by The National Humane Society and we just had to share it with you! We know how important your pet's health and safety is and we want to make sure you have the information at your finger tips!
We will have the information in individual blogs so it's easy for you to find based on what you need to know!
This blog post will be on bleeding and what to do.
- Wear latex gloves, and hold a gauze pad over the bleeding site & apply direct pressure.
- If blood soaks through, add another layer of gauze without removing the first. Repeat as many times as needed until bleeding stops. Keep the compress in place with bandage material.
- If bleeding continues, continue to apply direct pressure to the wound and do the following:
- For arterial (spurting) bleeding, hold area just above the wound.
- For venous bleeding, hold the area just below the wound.
- If bleeding from a limb, elevate the limb above the heart & continue direct pressure.
- If holding above or below wound fails to stop bleeding, apply a pressure bandage by wrapping gauze or other soft material around the wound just tight enough to stop the bleeding. Secure with tape.
- If none of the techniques work, seek immediate veterinary help.