Advice – First Aid Tips

  • Bee Sting – Remove sting if possible and use bicarbonate of soda to bathe and ease pain.
  • Wasp sting – Bathe with vinegar
  • Bleeding – Apply pad and pressure to area and contact a vet.
  • Heatstroke – Cool dog down as soon as possible, hose down with cold water or put in a cool bath. Do not use ice as this may shock the system.
  • Poisoning – always phone the vet for advice as soon as possible and name the poison
    Possible poisons:

    • Rat poison
    • Toxic Food & Plants.JPGSlug pellets
    • Chocolate
    • Grapes
    • Raisins
    • Mushrooms
    • Onion
    • Garlic
    • Peanuts
    • Macadamia nuts
    • Peach and nectarine stones
    • Alcohol
  • Respiratory distress – Lie dog on breastbone or left hand side and extend its head forward.
  • Road traffic accident – Call a vet. Can the dog move? Can it walk? If not, get advice before moving it. Muzzle if necessary. Use a blanket or a coat to lie it on, or piece of wood to stretcher the dog to vets if possible.
  • Shock – Signs are: pale gums, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, keep animal warm. Do not give brandy.
  • Burns and scalds – Cool burned area with cold water, do not use ice.
  • Electrocution – The dog will usually have collapsed, turn off power supply before touching the dog. Get it to a vets.
  • Cutting the quick when trimming dog’s nails – To stop the bleeding, use silver nitrate.
  • First aid box should contain:
    • Bandages
    • Gauze
    • Bicarbonate of Soda
    • Vinegar
    • Ice pack
  • A dog’s pulse – should be around 80/90 beats per minute, but different breeds vary and also large and small dogs will vary as well. If you have any concerns, contact a vet.

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