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You're driving down the road, excited about reaching your destination when you spot an injured dog. What do you do? Whom do you call? Where do you take the dog? The questions come rushing to you, and you're left feeling helpless because you don't know how best to help the dog. Make a note of these tips so that you’re ready to help next time such a situation occurs.
Prepare for the
Keep handy a
list of emergency contact numbers – rescue centers, animal shelters, and
rescuers in your city. It also helps to have a list of vets who perform on the
site visits for emergency cases. Stay connected with rescue groups online and
familiarise yourself with your city's rescue network. You can carry around a
first aid kit with basic supplies and undergo rescuer training from your local
the situation requires back-up or if you can handle it yourself. Dogs have
different temperaments, and their levels of aggression may vary based on injury
severity. Map the nearest vet’s clinic from the site of the injured dog and
stay prepared to transport the dog. If the back-up is needed, make the
necessary calls and wait until help arrives.
Approach with caution
sudden movements or ambush the dog in a way that will only increase the fear
the animal already feels. If the dog seems friendly, try using food to lure him
into a cage or your car. If he is aggressive, use a blanket, net, cloth, or
muzzle to secure him. If the dog seems to be unable to move and you suspect a
fracture, call for professional help. Do not try to move the dog as this may
result in more pain and cause further damage.
Pay the vet a
secured the dog, either alone or with someone's help, visit your nearest vet.
If immediate treatment is possible, the vet will perform it. More severe
injuries may require you to transport the dog to the trauma center of your
local animal shelter. Get a recommendation from the vet on what is the best
course of action. Vets may even recommend euthanasia in certain cases. Stay
with the dog and offer comfort as much as possible.
usually release the dog back to the streets once he has fully recovered. If he
is treated at the vet's clinic, post-treatment care can be done in a foster
home or rescuer's home until he heals.
Whatever the outcome,
you’ll be happier knowing that you at least tried helping.