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How to Help a Dog Hurt in a Traffic Accident
Trying to help a dog hurt in a traffic accident can be nerve racking. You might want to help the dog, but are unsure how to go about doing so without further injuring the dog or risking injury yourself. The first thing you should do is contact a vet to see if they can walk you through helping the dog. You’ll want to get the dog to the vet as soon as possible, but depending on the severity of the dog’s injuries, you may need to administer aid to it before you can transport it. By learning how to safely approach the dog and asses its injuries, you can determine what kind of aid you might be able to safely provide until you can get it to the vet for professional treatment.
Approaching the Dog
Speak softly to the dog.Start talking to the dog before moving toward it. Use a soft, soothing voice that will be comforting to the dog. Shouting or using a loud, firm voice could intimidate the dog, making it uncomfortable or scared.
- Keep talking to the dog in this manner the whole time you are trying to help it.
Turn your body slightly away from the dog.As you approach, keep your body turned slightly away from the dog so that you are not towering over it. Towering above the dog can be scary for it and may cause it to act aggressively in defense.If possible, stay low to the ground as you approach so that you appear as less of a threat to the dog.
Move slowly.Do not run up to the dog, as this might frighten it and cause it to try to run away. Instead, make slow, steady movements. Stop when you are about one foot away from the injured dog.
Extend a closed hand toward the dog.Make a loose fist with one of your hands. Keeping your knuckles pointed up, slowly extend your closed hand toward the dog. Depending on the dog’s reaction to your hand, do one of the following:
- If the dog struggles, growls, or makes another act of aggression, retract your hand. Continue to talk softly to the dog for another minute or so, then reach your hand out again. You may need to do this several times before the dog begins to trust you.
- If the dog shows no signs of aggression, pet it gently with your closed hand. Continue talking softly to the dog while you pet it.
Determine if the dog is too aggressive to approach.If you’ve tried to approach the dog by following the steps above, but the dog is still being very aggressive, it may not be safe for you to try and help the dog. If you feel the dog will bite you if you continue to approach, slowly back away. Call animal control to assist in rescuing the dog.
- You should also call animal control if the dog has run away from the scene. They can help track down and safely capture the dog.
Moving the Dog to Safety
Muzzle the dog.Whether the dog seems aggressive or not, you need to muzzle it before moving it or examining it for injuries. Even a gentle, mild-tempered dog will bite when it is scared or in pain. If you don’t have a muzzle available, lay a piece of cloth across the dog’s nose, as close to the eyes as possible. Next, wrap both ends of the cloth around the dog’s nose and tie the ends in a knot underneath its jaw. Finally, tie the loose ends of the cloth behind the dog’s neck.
- Some things you can use for a muzzle include a leash, sock, piece of gauze, neck tie, or strip of sheet.
- If the dog is vomiting, do not muzzle it. This could cause it to choke.
Look for a back injury.Before moving the dog in any way, look to see if it appears to have a back injury. If it does, do not attempt to move it. Instead, call animal control or a veterinarian to assist you.Look for the following to identify a possible back injury:
- Observe whether or not the dog is willing and able to turn or raise its head. If it isn’t, it might have a back injury.
- Additionally, look for any areas of visible trauma around the back or spine, like bruises or discoloration. If the spine looks abnormally aligned, curving upward for instance, this can also indicate a back injury.
- Finally, if the dog yelps or moans when its back or neck is touched, there is a good chance it has a back injury.
Shift the dog onto a blanket, coat, or tarp.If you feel confident the dog does not have a back injury, find a blanket, tarp, coat, or shirt you can place the dog on to carry it. Lay the item flat on the ground behind the dog’s back. Using slow, careful movements, shift or slide the dog back onto the blanket, tarp, or coat.
- If there are other people at the scene, get someone to help you shift the dog onto the blanket.
Move the dog to a safe place.Once you have the dog securely on the blanket, get someone to help you lift the dog. You’ll want to move the dog as little as possible, so if you can, go ahead and place the dog in the back seat of your car. If you cannot place it in your car, find a soft piece of ground where you can administer first aid.
- If you are alone at the accident, you can try pulling the dog out of the street once you have it on the blanket. Make sure you can do this without aggravating any current injuries or creating any new cuts or abrasions.
Performing Artificial Respiration
Check to see if the dog is breathing.As soon as the dog is moved to safety, check to see if it is breathing. To do so, watch its chest to see if it is rising and falling. If there is no movement, it is not breathing and you should perform artificial respiration, which is where you assist the dog in breathing.
- You may also need to perform artificial respiration if the dog has labored breathing, is unconscious, or shows other signs of respiratory suppression, like blue or pale-colored gums, or a staring expression.
Lay the dog on its side.To perform artificial respiration, first lay the dog on its side on a flat surface, pulling the neck and head forward (as long as the dog has no neck or back injuries).
Clear any debris from inside the dog’s mouth.Next, open the dog’s mouth and pull its tongue forward with your fingers. Clear any debris from the dog’s mouth that may be preventing it from breathing or causing it to choke. Once you have removed any debris, close the dog’s mouth.
- You may need to remove the muzzle for this step. Be careful even if the dog is unconscious, as it could wake up at any moment. Put the muzzle back on once you have cleared its mouth of debris.
Breath into the dog’s nose.After reapplying the muzzle, inhale and place your mouth over the dog’s nose, forming an airtight seal around it. Exhale into the dog’s nose.Exhale just enough so that the chest expands. You will have to exhale harder for larger dogs and more gently for smaller dogs. Lift the dog’s chin while you are doing this so its throat is straight.
Remove your mouth.Remove your mouth from the dog’s nose after you exhale and allow the dog’s chest to deflate.
Check for a pulse.After the dog’s chest deflates, check to see if it has a pulse. The dog’s heart can still be beating even if it is not breathing. If you cannot find a pulse, you should start chest compressions immediately.
- Check for a pulse by placing two fingers on the inside of the dog’s rear thigh.
Start chest compressions if there is no heart beat.If there is another person present, have them help you resuscitate the dog—one of you will perform chest compressions while the other continues artificial respiration. Have one person perform three chest compressions after every time you exhale into the dog’s nose. If you are alone, do five chest compressions for every breath. Use the following procedures to perform chest compressions:
- For small dogs (30 pounds or less): Lay the dog on its side on a flat surface. Place one hand on top of the other, interlocking your fingers. Place the palm of the bottom hand on the rib cage, over the dog’s heart. Press down, compressing the chest about one inch. Squeeze and release this hold steadily at a rate of 80 to 100 compressions per minute.
- For large dogs (over 30 pounds): Lay the dog on its side on a flat surface. Place one hand on top of the other, interlocking your fingers. Place the bottom hand over the widest part of the dog’s rib cage (not necessarily over the heart). Push down on the rib cage, keeping your arms straight. Compress the chest about one quarter of its width. Continue to squeeze and release rhythmically at a rate of around 80 compressions per minute.
Repeat this process.You may need to repeat this process 15 to 20 times per minute (or one breath every three seconds, on average) to get the dog breathing normally. When the dog starts to fight the process or you notice its gums are returning to their normal color, the dog’s breathing is improving and you can stop artificial respiration.
Check the dog for signs of shock.Shock occurs when the circulatory system collapses after a traumatic injury. If it is not properly treated, shock can result in death. Check to see if the dog’s body is cool to the touch, if its pulse is weak and rapid, its breathing is shallow and rapid, and if its gums are pale or muddy in color. If the dog has any of these symptoms, it may be in shock.
Clear the dog’s airways.If the dog is showing signs of shock, you should try to get it to a vet as soon as possible. In the meantime, however, make sure all of its airways are clear. To do so, open the dog’s mouth, pull out the tongue with your fingers, and make sure there is no debris blocking its throat. If there are, use your fingers or a pair of tweezers or pliers to remove the debris.
Cover the dog with a coat or blanket.A dog that is in shock may have a drop in body temperature. To keep it warm, cover the dog with a coat, blanket, or a similar item. If you have the dog in your car, you can also turn the heat up to keep it warm.
Keep the dog’s head below its body.Another symptom of shock is unconsciousness. If the dog is unconscious, keep its head below its body to help blood flow. You can also try massaging the legs and body to help increase blood flow.
Controlling and Stopping Bleeding
Look for injuries that are bleeding profusely.Take a thorough look at the dog’s body to determine if it has any injuries that are bleeding excessively. Look for areas in which the fur is saturated with blood or visible wounds from which blood is coming out.
Apply firm pressure to the wound.If the dog is bleeding severely, apply pressure to the wound with a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the blood seeps through the first piece of gauze, apply another clean piece over it. Do not remove the soiled gauze because you could remove a blood clot that is forming and cause more bleeding.
Apply pressure to the arteries that supply blood.If the bleeding does not slow or stop after applying pressure for several minutes, try to slow the bleeding by applying pressure to the arteries that supply blood to the extremities. These pressure points are located on the inside of the front and back legs and the underside of the base of the tail. Use your fingers to apply pressure to these areas to help slow the bleeding.
Apply a tourniquet.If the bleeding still does not slow, you may need to apply a tourniquet. This should be done only as a last resort. To do so, wrap a strip of cloth or gauze, a belt, leash, or something similar around the wound. You should wrap the item between the wound and the body, about two inches away from the injury. Tie a knot in the cloth and place a strong stick through the loop in the knot. Twist the stick, tightening the cloth around the dog’s leg, until the bleeding slows down or stops. Secure the stick in place with tape or by tying the cloth around it again. Once the tourniquet is in place, cover the wound with a clean piece of gauze or cloth.
- Never leave the tourniquet on for more than ten minutes at a time. After ten minutes, release the tourniquet for several seconds to allow for some circulation, and then reapply the tourniquet.
- Never apply a tourniquet around a dog’s neck or over a joint or fracture.
- Do not use a rope or piece of wire as a tourniquet, as these can cut or irritate the area.
Check for signs of internal bleeding.Internal bleeding can be hard to identify and treat. However, if the dog is bleeding from its mouth or anus, is vomiting blood, has blood in its stool, is in a coma, or in shock, there could be internal bleeding. It is important you get the dog to a vet as quickly as possible if you suspect internal bleeding.
Treating Bone Injuries
Check for bone injuries.Spotting a broken or fractured bone can be difficult. To do so, look for areas that are swollen, particularly on the dog’s legs. There is often swelling around the break. If the dog is moving around or walking, observe it to determine whether or not it is moving any part of its body unusually. For example, is the dog holding one leg at an odd angle? Or is one of its legs shaped differently than the others? These can all be signs of a bone injury.
Don’t try to reset the injury.If the dog has a broken bone from the accident, it is important that you touch it as little as possible. Don’t ever try to reset the bone—this should only be done by a professional.
Transport the dog with as little movement as possible.Depending on the severity of the break and the size of the dog, you may be able to get the dog to a vet without splinting the injury first. If the dog is small enough, you can hold it, allowing the injured extremity to hang free. If the dog is larger and will not lay still, however, you may need to make a splint for the injury before taking it to the vet.
Make a splint.Most bone injuries are not life threatening, but immobilizing the injury can help prevent complications. To create a splint, find a solid, straight object, like a stick or piece of wood that is long enough to extend past the joints above and below the break. Place one of the sticks or pieces of wood on each side of the broken bone and secure them in place by wrapping or tying a cloth or rope around them.
Use caution if you suspect a broken neck or back.If you think the dog might have a broken neck or back, it is best to wait for animal control to arrive and assist you in treating the dog. If you have to move the dog, however, do so with as little movement as possible. Try to find a flat, hard surface, like a large board, to transport the dog on.
Transporting the Dog to A Vet
Call the vet on your way.Let the vet know you are coming so they can be prepared to take care of the dog as soon as you arrive. Also, let them know if you will need help getting the dog inside to prevent any further injuries.
Relay as much information as you can.Tell the vet everything you can about the condition of the dog. For instance, relay any measures you have already taken, like splinting a bone injury or applying a tourniquet. In addition, give them a general assessment of the dog’s vital signs. Is it breathing on its own? Is its body cool to the touch? Does the dog appear to be unconscious? The more information you can give the vet before you get there, the better they will be able to take care of the dog.
Drive carefully.You will, no doubt, want to get to the vet’s office as quickly as possible, but you should be careful to drive cautiously so you do not end up in a second accident. Observe all traffic laws and stay calm while you are driving.
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- If there are several people around the scene of the accident, enlist their help in caring for the animal. For example, have one person help you care for the dog, another person call animal control or a vet, and a third person directing traffic around the scene.
- Be gentle with the dog and be careful. Always use a gentle voice and stay calm.
- If you don’t think you can safely help the dog, it is best to wait for professional help. Call animal control or a veterinarian to get the assistance needed to safely take care of the dog.
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