My Dog Needs Help! Dog and Puppy First Aid Advice

Posted on Apr 22 2016 - 1:12pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for a brand new pet site – Why Does My Dog.  I received product and/or monetary payment for this promotion. All opinions in this article, however, are honest and my own.

Do you know what to do in an emergency? Check out these helpful first aid tips from Aly at here!


Let’s face it, as dog parents, most of us are constantly worried. It doesn’t matter if it’s a boo boo on the paw or something more serious, we are going to worry. That being said, most of us want to be prepared. While we know that bringing our dog to the vet is important during an emergency, there are things we can do that can save their life on the way.

Aly DelaCoeur, Founder of and Dog Trainer, has some first aid tips for you to take with you on the go. It’s important to note that Aly is not a licensed veterinarian. This is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always seek help from your vet after an emergency. These videos were put together to help you and your pup do some simple things to take care of them if you’re out and about and can’t get to a vet right away, or need to take action immediately on your way to the vet.

What to do when your dog gets a cut or a puncture wound

Instructions on what to do when your dog gets a cut or a wound.

  1. DO NOT remove the object
  2. Restrain dog as appropriate
  3. Build pads up around the object to support the object.
  4. You want to do whatever you are able to prevent the object from moving.
  5. Go to the vet right away.
  6. Have another person hold support the object and restrain the dog.

You can cut it down to about 2-4 inches and then apply a thick padding of bandages or clean cloth around it. Make sure that there is as little pressure as possible on the object.

Take your dog to the vet immediately. For more information, check Aly’s advice here.

What happens when your dog gets really bad diarrhea? recommends that you call your vet immediately if your dog is showing signs of serious illness like vomiting, lethargy or weakness. Or, if these symptoms persist for more than 12-24 hours. Diarrhea can be caused by stress, changes in the diet or some underlying medical problems. Make sure your dog keeps drinking water and feed him a bland diet of white rice and plain chicken. Vomiting and diarrhea are associated with a host of problems which are referred to collectively as gastroenteritis. Some cases are quite severe (e.g., poisoning), and some are not (e.g., dietary indiscretion). If fever is present, infection may be a cause. Most infections which cause diarrhea and vomiting are contagious, so it is wise to assume that other pets might be vulnerable if they are exposed. If your pet is not feeling well and has vomiting and/or diarrhea, he should see a veterinarian.

For more first aid advice, read more here!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

23 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Nena Sinclair April 23, 2016 at 3:44 am - Reply

    What a great idea! This would be so helpful! I wish there was a site like this for cats, too!

  2. Elizabeth Robinson April 23, 2016 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Very informative site. Well done.

  3. Darlene O'Brien April 23, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I have bookmarked this helpful information as we never know if and when we might need it. Hopefully not. Thankful for it.

  4. Sue M. April 23, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

    This is really helpful advice, I’ve bookmarked WhyDoesMyDog just now! Thanks a lot for posting.

  5. K-Squared April 23, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    To know that there is the step by step process here, it may make the scenario a little more calming for the owner.Thus, I suggest persons to print-out a copy and have this list on them when walking their pet….

    What to do when your dog gets a cut or a wound.

    DO NOT remove the object
    Restrain dog as appropriate
    Build pads up around the object to support the object.
    You want to do whatever you are able to prevent the object from moving.
    Go to the vet right away.
    Have another person hold support the object and restrain the dog.

  6. Judy Thomas April 24, 2016 at 12:53 am - Reply

    I agree, a vet is important as there are so many different things with the same symptoms.

  7. Rosanne April 24, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I wasn’t aware of giving them white rice and chicken when they have diarrhea. I never knew what kind of food to feed the.

  8. Natalie April 24, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    My first instinct would be to remove the object. Thanks for this information!

  9. Dotty J Boucher April 24, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I think its so important for any pet owner to learn more about first aid for your furry friend. Talk with the dogs vetenarian to find out more..

  10. Holly Thomas April 25, 2016 at 4:43 am - Reply

    I have a first aid kit for my cat, better safe than sorry.

  11. Cheryl Chervitz April 25, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I have a first aid kit for my dogs. You never know when an emergency may happen.

  12. kath g April 26, 2016 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Thankfully my vet’s office is only a few blocks away and I’ve taken advantage of that in emergencies. Anything that lasts more than 12 hours and I’m at the vet…not worth taking chances. Didn’t know about the puncture wound stuff…good to know.

  13. Laurie P April 26, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

    This is great information for any pet owner…….more people should know pet first aid.

  14. Margot C April 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    This site is great, why does my dog pull on his lead? Great info.

  15. Laura Bradley April 27, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

    I love that this website exists! It reminds me of a nurse’s hotline when you have a sick baby. They can definitely give you peace of mind!

  16. donna porter April 29, 2016 at 4:12 am - Reply

    This is very informative for me. I do have a first aid kit for my doggie.

  17. Laura May 2, 2016 at 7:01 am - Reply

    This is such great information. It is important that people take their pets to the vet though and not try to self-treat at home.

  18. suzanne May 6, 2016 at 11:11 am - Reply

    This is a great resource for all dog owners. It is important to know where to go for reliable information about caring for our precious pets.

  19. Lauryn R May 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    These are great tips, thank you for sharing! I didn’t know about what to feed dogs when they have diarrhea, so that was definitely a helpful one.

  20. Tara Gauthier May 8, 2016 at 1:30 am - Reply

    This is great information for pet owners to have. Our dog had diarrhea with some blood in it when returned from a kennel visit. Turned out that he was just stressed as first time being away from us for more than 1-2 days.

  21. Hannah C May 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    This is some really helpful advice! WhyDoesMyDog sounds like a great website!

  22. Deb Charte May 8, 2016 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Very good information for families with dogs. I had to give my dog boiled white rice and chicken when she was sick.

  23. Jo-Ann Brightman May 8, 2016 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    These are great tips on what to do for a dog if he has any of these problems. It is always important to have the correct information.

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