5 Common Dog Health Emergencies and Tips to Combat Them

5 Common Dog Health Emergencies and Tips to Combat Them

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As pet-parents our dog’s safety and well-being is the utmost priority.  Any parent’s worst nightmare would be seeing their dog in pain. But we all know that our canines are inquisitive creatures and can get themselves in trouble. They may get into a fight, suffer an injury or end up licking toxins.

Panicking or stressing out in such situations can make things worse. So it’s recommended to be fully equipped mentally as well as physically to provide your dog instant first-aid. Here are five dog health emergencies and tips to combat them.

Fracture

Your dog may fracture his bones due to an accident, fall or even due to fights. As a preventive measure, always keep your dog protected in a fence. When you travel with your pooch in a car, make sure that you safely restrain him. Some injuries may not cause a fracture, but a dislocation. In any case, if you think that your dog is feeling discomfort or pain, take him to the vet immediately.

Fractures are of two major types. In open fractures, the bone is exposed, while in closed fractures the skin remains unaffected. The symptoms depend upon the severity and the bone that is fractured. Typical indications are whining, pain, inflammation or the inability to walk or stand.

Poisoning

Your dog may swallow, lick or inhale any toxic material. It is especially dangerous in winters as there are high risks of your dog ingesting substances such as anti-freeze during walks. Ensure that you get a leash that gives you good control over your pooch when you walk him around the neighborhood.

The immediate symptoms of poisoning may vary from lethargy to vomiting or even seizures. If you identify that your dog has ingested or came in contact with poison, don’t waste time. Call your vet or contact the ASPCA Poison Control at 888426-4435 or Pet Poison Hotline at 800213-6680.

If possible get the packaging of the toxin and determine the type of poison, it is. If your dog vomits, collect the sample to give to the vet. I would suggest you not to try any home remedies as that may increase the severity of the reaction. Induce vomiting only if a professional asks you to do so. Afterward immediately rush your dog to the nearest vet.

Burns

Dog burns are of three types characterized according to the intensity; first, second and third degree. Contact with hot objects, chemicals, electrical cords, fire or exposure to sun or radiation may be the reason for your dog’s scalds. If you notice any blisters or inflamed spots on your pup’s skin, chances are he has suffered a burn. Other symptoms are hard, crusted skin, a bald patch or continuous scratching.

If you notice that your dog has burnt himself, try to determine the source. Hopefully it is only a first-degree burn.  If so, the skin is intact so you can flush it with water. If the coat is affected, apply dressing to the area and take your pooch to the vet immediately.

Bleeding

Your dog may get wounded due to a variety of reasons, what matters is if the wound is bleeding profusely or if the blood is just seeping out. In case of heavy bleeding, you need to apply pressure to the arteries and apply gauze to the affected area before leaving for the vet. If your pup isn’t bleeding severely, you can provide first-aid at home. Use a piece of towel and apply pressure to the wound. When the bleeding stops, clean the wound, apply an ointment and dress it up with gauze.

Diarrhea

Dogs like to gulp down everything; this can be a significant cause of diarrhea. Watery poop, vomiting, and blood in the poop are symptoms that hint towards diarrhea. If your dog is too young or old and indicates any of the symptoms mentioned above, then rush him to the vet. If your pooch is healthy and doesn’t show severe symptoms, you can treat him at home initially. Ensure that he has clean water available, and cook him a comforting meal of chicken and rice. If the condition doesn’t seem to get better within 24 hours, you should consult the veterinarian.

Of course, while fleas is not a health EMERGENCY, it is serious and I have a post about flea treatment you should read.

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