Every dog owner wants their pet to stay fit, healthy and safe. But, they are just like humans and can easily get injured in many ways.
For instance, it’s normal for a dog to get injured while playing with you, jumping from the top of the rafters, or while having a fight with a neighbour’s pet.
However, they’re unable to inform you of any injury they may be suffering from. So, you have to pay special attention to your pet to ensure you pick up on the glaring signs that something is wrong.
Usually, when pets get injured, they show signs of pain and are more likely to be scared or confused. If you observe any of these changes in your pet, then you should take precautions to control that injury from further spreading.
In this article, we have mentioned certain tips that every dog owner should follow to handle their injured pet.
First Care For Yourself
The first step to handle an injured pet is to protect yourself, as injured pets often have an aggressive and hostile behaviour, they can scratch, bite or hurt you. So, it is necessary to take extra precaution while dealing with an injured pet. Some common steps that you can take to protect yourself include;
- Avoid coming into direct contact with your dog’s face.
- If you have a muscular pet, such as American Bulldog or Boxer, then cover the mouth of your pet with a muzzle, wrap it with a towel or soft piece of fabric so that it cannot attack while dealing with its injury.
- Or if you have a lighter pet, such as Labrador or Pug, then you can cover their whole body with a soft fabric so that they cannot act erratically. Make sure you didn’t wrap the fabric too tightly around the body.
- If your pet is vomiting, never try to muzzle him. Doing this can cause difficulty in breathing and lead your pet to sudden death.
Response To Injury Emotionally
Animals, such as dogs and cats tend to be more relaxed and calm as compared to humans when handling pain and discomfort. Even if a pet is dealing with a fatal injury, it will try to stay calm till the end by rarely whimpering, barking or crying. Pets are more intelligent than humans to understand that injuries and illness are a part of life cycle.
So, you have to keep your feelings at bay and respond to the injury calmly. If pets notice your anxiety, they can behave in an aggressive manner to you. If you behave in an uncertain manner, it will directly affect the behaviour of your dog as well. Treat your pet like an injured child and show it that there is nothing to worry about the injury.
However, if your pet got injured by fighting with another dog or while performing any adrenaline causing activity, chances are it can act in an aggressive manner when you try to touch it. In such cases, you should immediately call your vet and ask for advice on how to proceed further.
Never Try To Frighten Your Pet
Many people often try to hug their pets after an injury for comforting them. But, it is not prudent to hug or grasp your pet after an injury. It will not only make your pet aggressive, but it can also transform some airborne infection to you. So, when you try to approach your pet after an injury, do it smoothly and calmly without frightening it.
Examining Your Pet
If you keep yourself calm, then the pet can allow you to examine its injuries. Once it allows you to examine, you can conduct a medical examination to determine the extent of the injuries. But, make sure you’re gentle and careful while examining the injuries so that your pet doesn’t move or hustle.
To keep your pet calm while examining the injuries, try to speak gently with it and caresses its body. If your pet has a bleeding injury, you can stabilise the wound by gently cleaning the area. Remove the hair from the wound with good dog clippers and then apply a bandage to it.
Moving Your Pet When Injured
Dogs are just like humans, so when moving an injured pet, make sure it doesn’t suffer from any kind of pain or trauma. For instance, if your pet is bleeding from the head or unable to get up, it is necessary to keep the pet still and calm until the vet arrives for help.
Head and neck injuries can be devastating for animals, so it is important to make sure that the pet is comfortable and stable enough to be transported to the emergency clinic.
Bandage And Splinting of Your Dog
The most common injuries that pets often suffer from are gashes, bites, lacerations, sprains and broken bones. All these injuries should be treated with first aid measures before taking your pet to a vet. Also, it can be very helpful if you have another person to support you in stabilising and sedating your pet.
To clean the bleeding wounds, you can use domestic equipment such as hydrogen peroxide, wooden paint sticks, gauze, and surgical tape. If your pet has broken any bone of its body, then wrap that afflicted area to control its movement. Products, such as Neosporin, band-aids, or products that are designed for humans don’t work on pets. These specific products can cause pain to them and increase the chances of infection.
Transporting Your Pet To Health Centre
People often call their vet and ask for advice when their pet gets injured. But, if your pet is seriously injured and you’re unable to handle its wound or injuries, you might take it to a health centre. But, there are no ambulances provided for injured dogs and cats to take them to a medical centre. So, you have to arrange transportation for your pet as soon as possible.
But, make sure you ask your vet before moving your pet to a medical centre, as there are several injuries in which pets are suspected with head or spinal trauma. While taking your pet to a medical centre, keep your dog confined in a small area so that the injury doesn’t spread further. If you have a small pet, you can use a wooden or cartoon box to transport it to the health centre. Also, make sure your dog has a soft surface to lie on.
Keep all the medical reports of your pet in a safe place for future reference. It is normal for pets to go into shock after such injuries; after all, they’re also like humans.
So, you have to spend plenty of time with your pet and pay special attention to it after an injury so that you can be rest assured that everything is exactly how it should be.