Dog first aid:


see the vet in the morning, or even not at all.

Breathing difficulties:
Many things may cause a dog to have difficulty in breathing, perhaps obstruction of the air passage to the lungs by a body or the dog's own tongue if it is unconscious, strangulation by it collar, drowning, heart attack or chest injuries. The dog is breathing with difficulty then clear airway and, if necessary, starts artificial respiration immediately. If you cannot see breathing movement place in your ear on the dog's chest and listen for a heartbeat or take its pulse. If the heart has stopped within the last minute or so but you think the dog is not yet dead, apply heart massage and artificial respiration together. Never attempt the kiss of life if you have reason to believe that poison is involved.

Artificial respiration:
Open dog's mouth, grasp tongue and pull it well forward clear of back of throat. Wipe away any mucus or blood. Remove any obstruction.
If the animal has fluid in its throat or is a victim of drowning hold it upside down by its rear legs for 15-30 seconds
If dog is still not breathing, start artificial respiration. Close mouth, place your mouth over the dog's nose and exhale to force air through its nose to the lungs. Watch the dog's chest for the lungs to inflate. Remove your mouth, and repeat the cycle about six times a minute. You may need to carry on for 30-60 minutes, until the dog is breathing by itself or is pronounced dead.
Burns:
Animals are afraid of fire, so burns from a naked flame are not to common. The dog can burn its feet though, by walking on a hot surface, and scalds are also quite common. Puppies, specially, might chew on an electric lead which will cause a special type of burn and this will often be accompanied by electric shock.

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