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Knowing simple first-aid techniques can help hurt dog

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  • Wilson, a 9-year-old, male, silky terrier mix, weighs about 13 pounds. He is seeking a forever home. Could it be yours?

      Wilson, a 9-year-old, male, silky terrier mix, weighs about 13 pounds. He is seeking a forever home. Could it be yours?
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By Ellaine Kiriluk

If you've had a dog in your life, you've probably had a dog emergency of some sort. A bleeding toe nail, a cut paw, a twisted ankle.

I've been to emergency veterinarian clinics several times with my dogs for a bleeding tongue, a torn toe nail and other scary, but not life-threatening events. Every time I go, it reinforces my belief I should learn first aid and CPR for my animals.

Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, a specialist in emergency and critical care at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, suggests helpful first-aid techniques that we can use to provide valuable information to a veterinarian in an emergency. These procedures can also indicate your dog's general health. They include checking your dog's gums, taking his pulse and knowing his heart rate. Other first-aid techniques include checking breathing in an unconscious dog, helping a dog who is choking and stopping bleeding in a wound.

You can find out about what she recommends at Jim Cantrell's The Puppy Places blog.

After writing this column, I'm more convinced than ever I need to take a first-aid course for my dogs. I'll let you know when I find one.

Your best source is to consult your veterinarian regarding any first-aid procedures. Ask how and when to use them.

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