Emergency First Aid

"A piece of grass a day keeps the vet away" -Unknown Dog

by Lisa Speaker

As the weather changes and becomes cooler, you and your canine companion may be looking forward to beautiful Fall hikes with fresh air, longer walks, and will want to spend more time outside.  Below are some suggestions for some injuries that may occur as a result from more activity during the fall season:

Muscle Strain or Sprain

This is typically indicated by limping, lameness or not bearing weight on a limb.  This type of injury can occur as a result of over stressing the muscles, tendons or other connective tissue with overwork or improper foot placement.

Protocol for muscle strain or sprain:

  • R.I.C.E – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
  • Rest, restricted activity and leash walks until condition is resolved.
  • Veterinary prescribed medication.  DO NOT USE ADVIL OR TYLENOL!!
  • Arnica cream or gel and essential oils can also be used.

Cuts and Abrasions (use caution and do not attempt to treat if injury is too painful or severe)

  • Apply gentle pressure to slow/stop bleeding (if bleeding is severe get to a vet ASAP and apply pressure wrap or place tourniquet if needed)
  • Clean site with a mild soap or gentle disinfectant solution
  • Apply a light bandage to protect site
  • Get to a veterinarian for further treatment if necessary