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When Every Minute Counts: What To Do If Your Dog Is Seriously Injured

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If your dog has been seriously injured and you need to take them to an emergency veterinarian clinic, it is vital to act quickly and calmly. Here are the steps you should take.

1. Assess the situation

The first thing you should do is assess the situation and try to determine the extent of your dog's injuries. Look for any apparent wounds or fractures, and check for any signs of shock, such as pale gums, rapid breathing, or a weak pulse.

2. Control any bleeding

If your dog is bleeding, you will need to control the bleeding as much as possible. Use a clean cloth or bandage to apply gentle pressure to the wound. You may need to apply a tourniquet if the bleeding is severe or does not stop after a few minutes.

3. Move your dog carefully

If your dog is unconscious or unable to walk, you will need to move them carefully to prevent further injury. Use a blanket, towel, or jacket to lift your dog, supporting its head and neck if possible. If you do not have these items, you can use your arms to carefully lift your dog.

4. Keep your dog calm

It is crucial to keep your dog as calm as possible during this process. If your dog is conscious, try gently talking to them in a soothing voice and petting them. If your dog is unconscious, try to keep them as still as possible to prevent further injury.

5. Call ahead

Call the emergency animal hospital to let them know you are on the way. This will allow them to prepare for your arrival and potentially give you instructions on how to care for your dog during the trip.

6. Transport your dog safely

When transporting your dog to the emergency clinic, make sure to secure them in a safe and comfortable location. If you are using a car, place them in a crate or on a blanket in the back seat. 

7. Follow the veterinarian's instructions

When you arrive at the emergency clinic, follow the veterinarian's and their staff's instructions. They will assess your dog's injuries and provide the necessary treatment. Be prepared to answer questions about your dog's medical history and the circumstances of its injury.

It is important to remember to stay calm during this process, as your dog will likely be anxious and stressed. Do your best to provide comfort and support to your dog and follow the veterinarian's instructions.

Reach out to an emergency animal hospital like South Seattle Veterinary Hospital to learn more.