Dog Emergency


Dog First aid: Dogs jump, run, bite many things and therefore are more susceptible to suffer an injury or accident in which you need first aid. In these cases, we must act with resolution and speed to apply first aid before going to the vet.

Save the life of your dog. A few minutes can be transcendental to turn a situation around, which can seriously endanger your dog's health. We can save their lives while the vet arrives or we go to their clinic.

First of all, we must remain calm and try to reassure our animal, since they perceive our state of mind and we could make them more nervous. Determine the severity of the situation. And of course, you should have your veterinarian's phone number on hand.

Some of the emergency situations that can occur. Dog First Aid

Stomach swollen

Stomach swelling or gastric torsion is an acute disease that affects many dogs at some time in their life and is lethal if not treated urgently.

This condition can be divided into two phases:

Gastric dilatation: The stomach swells progressively with gas, fluids or food. Pressing the organs, veins, and arteries around.

Volvulus: The swollen stomach twists, cutting off circulation. If this happens, the dog can go into shock and die in several hours without very aggressive treatment.

The importance of quickly detecting the symptoms of the disease lies in preventing the stomach from entering the lethal phase of rotation.

If the dog's abdomen appears to be swollen and full of gas, call your veterinarian immediately.


The symptoms that we will find:
A violent cough that makes breathing difficult.
Despair, anguish.

There is a possibility that an object has been swallowed and is obstructing the throat, so we should check its snout and remove the foreign object that chokes it. Heimlich maneuver

If we can not see it, most often it is lodged in the trachea, so we will perform the "Heimlich maneuver", which consists of placing the dog standing on its hind legs, while the person stands behind, hugging the breast of the dog; with one arm, it will be pressed hard just below the ribs (end of the sternum) and this operation will be repeated several times, until the object is expelled.

If unconscious, we will perform the maneuver with the dog lying on its side, pressing hard with one hand on the ribs and the other below, trying to produce a "bellows" effect, that is, the pressure exerted by the air in the lungs will tend to evict the object.

If the foreign object has already been released and still does not breathe, it will be necessary to provide artificial respiration or start cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers. (We will place the animal lying with the left side up, we will open the mouth making sure that the airways are free of obstructions, removing any object and checking if it breathes and has a pulse.) We will extend the head of the animal backward and give short but strong breaths assuring us that the animal's breast is lifted: Too small dogs we will close the jaw and we will cover the whole snout and exhale, the big ones we close the jaw tightly and with our mouth we will cover the truffle and exhale, these breaths will be interspersed with strong chest compressions and firm that we will perform with the hard part of the palm of the hands-on the ribs, just behind the articulation of the front leg. We will interlace between 3 and 5 breaths and 10 and 15 compressions according to the size of the dog. It will be a little faster than one per second, we will repeat the cycles until it has a pulse and breathes and we will check your pulse every minute and if after 20 minutes you do not leave the cardiorespiratory stop doing the "cardiopulmonary resuscitation".


Not all dogs allow a detailed examination of their wound in a quiet way. In these cases, having a muzzle at home can help.

The coat of the dog can hinder the healing of the wound. This explains why it is advisable to trim the hair of our pet in the area surrounding the lesion. Do it carefully, with the help of a pair of scissors.

Applying a little ice on the area will help reduce pain and reduce inflammation as a result of the wound.

Use an iodine antiseptic to disinfect your dog's wound.

Let the wound heal without covering. In these cases, using an Elizabethan collar will prevent the dog from accessing the wound with his mouth.

When the damage is deep, it is convenient to go to the veterinarian soon.


Diarrhea may be a sign of a more serious ailment in the can. Therefore, it is important to understand why the dog suffers from it and what to do when it occurs.

The diet explains much of diarrhea in the dog. A sudden change in the dog's diet, or suddenly replace the usual diet for a homemade kitchen for dogs, without the supervision of a veterinarian, are frequent causes of diarrhea in the dog.

A dog suffering from diarrhea should fast, for about 24 hours. The withdrawal of food, however, does not include eliminating the liquid: The dog with diarrhea must ingest water, in small and frequent doses. Remember that the dog with diarrhea removes a lot of liquid through the liquid stools: having available water counteracts the risk of dehydration.

Do not give the dog anything to eat.
Keep it warm and call the vet.
If the dog's stool contains blood, take it to the veterinarian immediately.


Remove the collar from your dog and make sure to keep it away from any danger, like stairs.

Free your dog's airway by stretching its neck and holding its tongue to get it out of the way. You have to avoid biting your tongue. You can put a handkerchief or a cloth in your mouth, not too big. Convulsive attacks in dogs are quite frequent.

Keep it in a dark and quiet room, and avoid sudden noises such as ringing or slamming doors. Take note of the exact signs you present before, during and after the seizures. Call the veterinarian as soon as possible.


If your dog has vomiting, excessive salivation, muscle tremors, diarrhea, incoordination when walking and similar, be careful, these are signs of possible poisoning.

A good handful of salt under your pet's tongue serves to induce vomiting. The same effect you will get if you give two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide.

Remember that you should seek immediate help from a veterinarian.

Accident due to running over

You have to see if you have clear airways. If there are doubts in this regard, you can gently stretch your tongue forward and eliminate any matter that could impede the passage of air. When you notice a hemorrhage, cut it by impingement or compression and then control the pulse and temperature of the animal. Faced with a fracture, act with care and gentleness, sudden and unnecessary movements should be avoided.

Keep your dog in a place as quiet, quiet and comfortable as possible.
Hold it if necessary to prevent further damage.
Call the veterinarian as soon as possible.

There are more situations with our friends, the dogs that can affect it and for which we must be attentive.

1 comment:

  1. It is important to have a first aid kit at home, whether we have pets and for ourselves, prevention is important.