Handling & Transporting - Dogs First Aid
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!


In this blog post we will go over handling and transporting an injured or sick dog.


When approaching an injured or sick dog, always do it with caution. When your sweet pup is in pain, they may become aggressive. When approaching him/her:

  • approach slowly
  • stoop down
  • allow them to smell the back of your hand
  • speak softly
  • avoid making direct eye contact

If possible, and for you safety, you should muzzle your injured/sick fur-baby. Only muzzle your dog if it's safe and never force restraint. NEVER MUZZLE A DOG THAT IS COUGHING, VOMITING, OR HAVING DIFFICULTY BREATHING.



It is important to note, moving an injured dog must be done with care to avoid causing more pain or making the problem worse. Injured dogs should not rest in your arms. Resting in your arms can cause breathing problems and it is difficult for you not to jostle them.

For More Serious Injuries

  • support your dogs back
  • keep broken legs supported
  • chest injuries- lay your dog with their injured lung down on the seat/transport board and their uninjured (or less injured) lung up to aid breathing

Allow your dog to find his/her own most comfortable position.

The 3 Safest Ways To Transport Your Dog:

  1. Carrier
  2. Flat Board
  3. Stretcher
October 20, 2021 — Amanda Gyetvay