As a K9 handler, you need to be prepared in the event that some unfortunate accident happens while out on a search. Remember to always have your veterinary's phone number, and and emergency clinic number on hand. Here are some helpful first aid tips should you find yourself in an emergency with your dog.Rashes, Skin Irritations and Itches
- Pain, distress
- Hot spots
- Constant attention to specific areas, licking/scratching
Gastric Dilation and Bloat
- Trim away hair.
- Clean area with antiseptic wipe.
- Apply hydrocortisone.
- Distract your dog for 15 minutes to keep him/her from licking the cream so that it can begin to work.
An accumulation of gas and food in the stomach causing swelling. Occurs more often in larger breeds.
In some cases the stomach rotates on its axis (torsion) cutting off the blood supply to the spleen and stomach resulting in life threatening shock.
The cause of bloat is unknown, however, in nearly all cases there is a history of overeating, consumption of fermented foods, drinking excessively after eating, or vigorous exercise after a meal.
First Aid Action Needed
- Excessive salivation.
- Extreme restlessness.
- Attempts to vomit and defecate.
- Abdominal pain and distension.
- Pacing and restlessness
- Looking at the abdomen
- Bloat can be fatal if untreated; survival depends on your understanding of the symptoms and transporting the animal to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Do's and Don'ts of Pet Care
- Take your pet for regular veterinary check-ups.
- Feed a high quality and nutritionally balanced pet food.
- Keep your pet safely confined.
- Exercise your pet daily.
- Leave your pet with shade and water.
- Spay or neuter your pet unless you intend to breed it.
- Keep medications and poisons away from your pet.
- Use parasite control as appropriate and as advised by your veterinarian.
- Provide your pet with a warm and loving environment.
- Use appropriate restraint and wear gloves when handling ill or injured animals.