What to do in an emergency
These are some of the most common emergencies that occur in dogs
and some general advice on how to deal with them. Remember this
information is not designed to replace your vet! Always seek
veterinary advice if you are concerned about your dog.
If the wound is very dirty, run clean water over the area then
gently cover loosely with a clean dressing, cling film or a towel,
then seek help.
If there is persistent bleeding, pressure can be applied with a
bandage. Do not remove the bandage to check it as this will
increase blood loss. Have your dog checked by a Veterinary
Surgeon as soon as practical and remember that tight bandages
should never be left on for more than a couple of hours. Never
tie anything around a limb to stop bleeding.
Road Traffic Accidents and other Traumatic
If you think your dog has been hit by a car have him checked as
soon as possible. Internal bleeding can occur without showing any
outward signs initially.
If you suspect your dog has a broken leg or head injury, you
should carefully slide him/her onto a towel or blanket. Use this as
a stretcher for transportation to the surgery and contact your vet
immediately for advice.
There are various possible reasons for collapsing, many of which
will require emergency attention, these include heart, lung, bone
and neurological conditions. If your dog collapses please contact
your vet immediately.
Seizures (Epileptic Fit)
When dogs have a fit, they may fall to one side, possibly lose
consciousness, start shaking and their legs may "paddle". In the
event of a fit:
Move any hazards to avoid further injury.
Stay clear of your dog's head.
Never attempt to put anything in your dog's mouth as he may
accidentally bite you.
Make sure the room is quiet and dark until he has started to
recover and contact your vet for further advice.
Prolonged fitting is an emergency. You should contact your vet
if your dog does not stop fitting within 5 minutes.
Prescription drugs and some plants and flowers can be poisonous
to dogs. If you think your dog may have ingested these please
contact your vet immediately.
Vomiting and/or Diarrhoea
In otherwise healthy adult dogs with a single episode of
vomiting and/or mild diarrhoea. Starve for 24hrs and give small
amounts of water frequently. After this start a light diet
(chicken, white fish, pasta) for 2-3 days before gradually
returning to normal food.
Please contact your vet for advice if your dog has:
Repeated vomiting or diarrhoea, especially in puppies, small
dogs and old dogs.
Vomit or diarrhoea containing blood.
Your dog is trying to vomit unsuccessfully or his abdomen
appears swollen. In this event contact your vet immediately as he
may need urgent treatment at the clinic.