Knowing First Aid Before an Emergency Happens

Your Bullmastiff and First Aid
Just like humans are prepared for the unthinkable medical emergencies dogs can also have their own dog emergency care aid. You love your dog and the health of your dog is important to having the dog for years of enjoyment and companionship. Keeping your dog safe when faced with a medical emergency is something that all responsible dog owners do.In order to know when an emergency is occurring it is first important to know what your pet looks like and acts during an emergency. How does your dog usually breathe? What does your dog's normal coat look like. A good idea is to take "baseline" temperature readings so you have something to compare to when there is a dog emergency. Download a pet emergency chart online or ask your vet if they have one to give to you. Knowing what can happen ahead of time and how best to handle the situation is important so that you don't panic when the need arises.

Important information to know at all times:

Your dog's current weight

What is the baseline temperature for your dog?

What is a normal heart rate for my dog?

Know in advance what a normal respiratory rate is for your dog.

Examine the gum color, as this is often the first indicator that something may be amiss.

It is important especially during the warmer and hot days of the year that your dog stay hydrated. You can check for hydration level by seeing if the skin snaps back quickly when grasping the back of the neck. When pressing your finger on the gum of your dog you persons should not leave a pregnant dog alone or a medical emergency can occur.

Emergencies can occur when those around the dog are busy, inattentive, or simply careless.

Proper caring for your dog can eliminate many of the most common dog emergencies.

Some dog owners go so far as to take CPR classes in order to be able to save the pooch if a time should arrive where quick thinking may save the life of your beloved pet.

Dog owners should be able to take their dog vital signs, perform CPR, handle chocking situations and apply a pressure bandage in case of severe bleeding.

First aid for a dog differs from human first aid because a dog cannot speak and inform the person giving first aid what is bothering him or to tell the rescuer what happened. A person giving first aid to a doc, needs to be able to assess the emergency situation and make snap decisions until medical help arrives.

When dog owners are knowledgeable about dog first aid, they can make a positive contribution to their life of their own dog and inspire other dog owners to do the same regarding taking good care of their canine friend.