Dog First Aid - Emergencies (Traumatic Injury)
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 is on the symptoms and treatments on traumatic injury.
Always seek immediate veterinary help for a traumatic injury.
Broken Back Symptoms:
- Severe pain
- Inability to move
- Obvious spinal deformity
- Open anus
- Dribbling urine or feces
Broken Back Treatment:
- Try to calm your dog to stabilize breathing.
- If your dog is unconscious, administer CPR as needed.
- Place a rigid board or hard plastic surface on it's side along the back of your dog.
- Slide the board under your dog keeping them as still as possible.
- Wrap the board and your dog with sheets or blankets.
- Wrap tape, cloth or rope around the board and your dog to keep them tight and secure.
- Seek immediate veterinary help.
- If you witnessed the event, try to make a mental note of where your dog was hit, and whether your dog was simply hit, thrown, or driven over.
- Carefully approach the scene of the accident.
- Alert oncoming traffic by waving your hands or a towel.
- If traffic hasn't stopped, carefully move your dog to the side of the road by dragging your dog by the fur on the top of the body, trying to keep the body as still as possible. Your dog may be scared or in pain, use a muzzle IF needed to stay safe.
- Check your dog's vital signs; breathing, heartbeat, and pulse. Administer CPR if needed.
- Note the following important information for the vet: position of your dog; presence of blood, urine or feces.
- If your dog cannot move, follow the first aid instructions for Broken Back above, to transport.
- Check for open wounds and damage to the limbs. If your dog can stand, note if they are limping or favoring one side.
- If your dog is bleeding, see first aid instructions for bleeding.
- Check for signs of shock.
- Seek immediate veterinary help. Some traumatic injuries don't present themselves until 48-72 hours after an accident.