Note: Ensure officer safety!

1. Purpose of K-9 EMS

Relieve suffering

Stabilize the dog’s vital signs until professional help is obtained

2. Handling An Injured Dog

Approach the dog slowly, speaking in a reassuring tone of voice

Move toward dog without touching it

Stoop and observe its eyes and facial expression

If dog is growling do not attempt to pet it

• Place leash around dog’s neck and tie to fixed object

• Pull dog against object

• Secure leash so that dog cannot move it’s head

Place muzzle on dog

Emergency muzzle can be made from cloth, neck tie, etc.

• Loop around jaws and tie single knot under chin

• Bring ends up and behind ears and tie in bow

Once secured with muzzle, begin evaluation

3. A = Airway

Determine if dog is breathing

• Decreased level of consciousness or inadequate respirations, begin rescue breathing

If unconscious and not breathing – suspect airway obstruction

• Extend the neck, pull the tongue forward, sweep the mouth with your finger

• Give 5 abdominal thrusts

• Repeat finger sweep and ventilate dog

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