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Canine First Aid: What Every Dog Owner Should Know

A dog is truly man’s best friend, but if your puppy pal is involved in an accident or some kind of emergency, you will want to be able to do your very best for them. Here at CK9 Training, we are dedicated to providing the very best care for our furry friends, and we would like to guide you through the basics of canine first aid.

First Aid Kit for Your Dog

As you would for other members of your family, it is a good idea to have a first aid kit handy for your dog that can be easily accessed if and when it is needed.

Your kit should include the following items:

  • Bandages
  • Non-adhesive dressings
  • Surgical tape
  • Cotton wool
  • Blunt-ended, curved scissors
  • Thick towel
  • Elizabethan collar/pet cone

Road Accidents

If your dog has been hit by a car, approach them slowly and calmly without sudden movement, and speak to them in a gentle, reassuring tone of voice. If you can, attach a lead to your dog, as this will allow you to have control should they try to get up. Then you should cover them with a blanket to keep them warm.

It is important to get your dog to a vet as soon as possible, even if they seem alright. If they can walk, you can walk them by the lead, however if they can’t you will have to carry them.

For small dogs, place your hands gently but securely around them. For big dogs, you can use a blanket to lift them and, if possible, something rigid to stabilise their back.

Eye Injuries

Eye injuries are common for dogs, but if you notice that your dog’s eye seems red, irritated or it’s bulging, treat it by applying a wet dressing and preventing your dog from irritating it further.

If your dog gets chemicals in their eye, flush it with water and call your vet immediately.


If your dog has been stung by an insect, you must find the sting and carefully remove it. Then you should bathe the affected area in water or a solution of bicarbonate of soda. Keep an eye on the injury in case of infection.

If the sting is on the throat or in the mouth, take your dog to the vet as soon as possible, as this can make breathing difficult.

At CK9 Training, we believe that a healthy dog is a happy dog. If you are in need of dog training in Kingston and the surrounding areas, we offer a variety of services to help you train your dog. Contact us today by calling 07739 815 265.