By Nancy Cope
One of the most terrifying moments for a dog owner involves any sort of run it with a car.
Injuries from traffic accidents range from minor to fatal, but it is important that you keep your dog as still as possible after the accident to avoid complicating any internal injuries.
If your dog isn’t moving get a blanket beneath him and move him using the blanket as a stretcher. Place clean compresses on any open wounds and get to the vet as soon as possible, calling ahead to notify them of the incoming emergency.
Heat stroke can occur when a dog is too warm or has insufficient air flow in a small space. Heat stroke is especially risky for older dogs, and can happen very quickly if a dog is left in the car in high temperatures.
Look for panting, vomiting, and frothing at the mouth as symptoms. If you think your dog is suffering from heat stroke get him to an area with a good breeze and douse him with cool water. Go to the vet as quickly as possible.
Signs of poisoning include muscle twitching, vomiting, convulsions, and collapse. First, call the vet, different poisons must be treated differently. He or she may direct you to induce vomiting, which can be done with salt and mustard or hydrogen peroxide.
Get your dog to the vet as soon as possible, and take some of the poison along if you know what it is.
No one wants to have to face a dog health emergency with their beloved pet. But if you do, remember to keep a cool head and stay calm. These things will ultimately help your dog much as the above tips.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.