Transporting The Injured

Since most veterinarians rarely come out to treat a dog, you will have to get the dog to the veterinarian. Take care in moving the injured dog. Rough or unnecessary handling may result in further injury.

If you have assistance, make a stretcher using two poles and a coat. Broomsticks, mop handles or tree branches can be used for poles. Turn the coat sleeves inside out and slide the two poles, one through each sleeve opening. Button the coat over the poles and the stretcher is ready.

If you happen to be alone, you will have to carry the dog across your shoulders. Lift him up gently and place his body across the back of your shoulders, against your neck, with his head and front legs over one shoulder. His hind feet should hang over the other shoulder. Shepherds often carry sheep and lambs in this fashion.

BREATH STOPPAGE (Caused by smoke, gas or drowning)

Dogs may be overcome by smoke, gas and excessive water in the lungs. When this occurs, you will have to revive the dog. Speed is essential.

Symptoms of breath stoppage

The symptoms include unconsciousness, breathing stopped, pulse weak or absent (check for pulse at pressure points) and irregular heartbeat.

First Aid for smoke or gas exposure

Quickly remove the dog from the smoke- or gas-contaminated area. Work fast and take precautions against being overcome yourself. There is usually more air three or four feet from the ground or floor.

As soon as you get the dog out into the fresh air, start giving him artificial respiration. Place the dog on his side, with his forelegs stretched out in front, his hind legs stretched out to the rear.

Take your handkerchief and pull out his tongue. This is to prevent the tongue from lolling back and obstructing his breathing passage. Next, put your two hands on the dog's chest, press down, release, wait, press down again, release again, wait again. Do this rhythmically; maintain a press down, release and wait system of thirty times per minute for large dogs, twenty times per minute for smaller dogs. An aid to keeping the rhythm may be as follows: as you press down, say "out goes the bad air"; when you release, say "in comes the good." You may have to work a long time, but stay with it. Treat for shock when the dog revives and then get him to a veterinarian.

First Aid for drowning

First of all, a drowning dog is rare. Most dogs are instinctive swimmers. But there is always a first time.

Here's what to do after the dog has been hauled out of the water:

Take off his collar. If he's not too large, hold him upside down to drain out the water.

Then apply artificial respiration. Have someone call a veterinarian. Keep working on the dog. Treat for shock when he revives.

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