(540) 894-4572

As a pet owner, it’s important to know some basic first aid in case your loved one is ever in need of aid.

Wound Care
• Place pressure with gauze or a clean cloth to stop bleeding.
• If there is debris, flush the wound with saline or clean water.
• For deep wounds, or severe bleeding, keep pressure until you can get your pet to a veterinarian.

• The most important thing to do is to protect your pet from self-injury.
• DO NOT place your fingers or any object in your pet’s mouth.
• Clear the area around your pet to help prevent injury during the seizure.
• Do NOT attempt to restrain your pet, but you can place a hand on their body.
• When the seizure has stopped, contact your veterinarian for further instructions.
• If the seizure does not stop within 3 to 5 minutes or if your pet comes out of the seizure and goes into another one within an hour, transport the dog immediately to the veterinarian.

• If choking, hold the upper jaw open with one hand and look for a foreign object.
• Unless you can clearly see and grasp the obstruction do not put your fingers into your dog’s mouth or throat
• Lift smaller dog’s legs into the air so gravity can help dislodge the obstruction.
• If you can’t remove the foreign object, using the heel of your hand, deliver 4-5 sharp blows on the dog between the shoulder blades.

If you suspect poisoning, seek care immediately,
If you cannot get to the vet immediately, are waiting for a ride, or are stranded, you can call either of these 24-hour emergency hotlines:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

National Animal Poison Control Center

Pet First Aid Tips