Here’s the first in a series of 1st Aid posts that might just help save your dog’s life.

What to Do in an Emergency Situation:

Don’t panic as when you stay calm you are more likely to be able to help them.

Remember that when injured animals are in pain or frightened they are more liable to lash out.

If you think you are in danger of getting bitten, you might need to consider using a muzzle on your dog.

Serious injuries are best left to a vet so keep their phone number somewhere handy.

Call them first to explain what’s happened and staff may be able to offer advice over the phone and tell you where and when to bring the dog/s in.

When playing with his pal, Cookie caught a main artery and is only alive thanks to his owner who wrapped the leg tightly in a towel and rushed him to the vets.

Make notes.

Don’t give human medicines to dogs.

As your dog may need anaesthetic, please don’t give them anything to eat or drink.

How to recognise an emergency situation

Contact the vet straightaway if your dog is:

– having difficulty breathing
– listless, weak or doesn’t want/isn’t able to move
– vomiting repeatedly
– clearly in a lot of pain
– having a fit or a seizure
– unable to defecate or urinate
– struggling to get up off the floor
– having balance problems

Our next post will cover more lifesaving advice.


Take a look at our latest charity success story:


Turning misery into miracles


Found paralysed by the side of a road in Romania, thanks to the dedication and love of 1 Dog at a Time Rescue and her wonderful adopters, Denisa is not just walking again, she’s walking an incredible 4 miles a day and is even scaling the odd mountain! 

If you have what it takes to transform a Romanian dog’s life, then please check out the ‘dogs available’ on our website and get in touch.  As usual, we’re full to bursting at Happy Tails (our kennels in Romania), so you won’t just be saving 1 dog, you’ll be freeing up space for other desperate dogs waiting to have their lives transformed.