First Aid for Your Farm Dog

Dr. Jon Geller, D.V.M. shares information on how to provide first aid for your farm dog, including care for poisoning, bleeding wounds, fractures, vomiting and diarrhea and more.

| October/November 2000

First aid for your farm dog.

First aid for your farm dog.


Jon Geller, DVM offers his farm animal health experience. This issue he shares information on first aid for your farm dog.

Even if you take every precaution to prevent your dog from injury or illness, there are times when you might need to apply a little first aid for your farm dog. Most serious illnesses should be treated by your veterinarian, but if you're stuck out in the boonies, or if you're waiting for your harried animal doctor to arrive, the following guidelines may help during an emergency. Items marked with an asterisk should always include veterinary care as well as on-the-farm first aid.

Suspected Dog Poisoning

Get your dog to vomit immediately by giving two to three teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide. To avoid possible esophageal damage, caustic substances and abrasive objects should not be vomited back up.
Call National Animal Poison Control at (800) 548-2423.

Dogs and Bleeding Wounds

Clean out the wound as much as possible with warm water or disinfectants such as diluted iodine (Betadine®).
Larger wounds can be hosed off.
Apply a clean pressure bandage and seek veterinary care.

Suspected Fractures for Dogs

Immobilize the limb as much as possible.
Apply a padded, rigid splint to the affected limb (duct tape holds a splint in place well).

*Dog Seizures

Keep your dog from further injuries by providing padding around its head.
Avoid getting bitten by keeping your hands out of your dog's mouth.
If the seizure is longer than one or two minutes, cool your dog down to prevent overheating and brain damage.

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