Just like humans, dogs can occasionally injure themselves. Whether this is whilst out enjoying a walk or in the house, you can help minimise problems by following some simple guidelines. Your veterinarian is your best ally in preventing a minor injury turning into a major problem, so make sure you are registered with a veterinary surgery and know about the arrangements for appointments and out of hours emergencies. Your veterinarian may well be able to give you advice over the telephone, so make sure you always have the number to hand.

Some examples of how dogs can injure themselves include road traffic accidents, cuts and lacerations, stings and snake bites, poisons and toxins. Other occasions when your dog may require emergency treatment include sudden onset of severe vomiting and diarrhoea, choking and seizures. Remember to always phone your veterinarian for advice before you attempt to do anything to help your pet. There is a risk that you could make things worse if you do not get the correct advice first. Additionally, injured animals are often in pain and this may cause even a normally friendly pet to bite.

Your veterinarian may explain that it is preferable to take your dog to the surgery rather than for your veterinarian to come to your house. This is because there is specialised equipment and trained personnel in the practice who can give your pet the best possible care. Remember, do not give your dog anything to eat or drink just in case he requires an anaesthetic. If your pet is not able to walk, gently slide him onto a blanket, which can then be used as a soft stretcher to transfer him to the back seat of the car. If the dog is trying to bite you should try and get a muzzle on him so that the veterinarian can examine him properly.

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