There plenty of dog safety tips you should know for your dog’s safety, but today we’re going to touch on sixteen of the biggies…
16 Dog Safety Tips You Need to Know
1. A healthy puppy can generally hold their bladder the number of months old they are plus one. There is a limit to this…
2. No dog should ever be forced to hold their bladder for longer than 8 hours, it can lead to urinary tract infections as well as accidents.
3. The normal temperature for a dog is between 101 F and 102.5 F. Below 99 and above 104 is a cause for concern.
4. A dog breathes 10 to 35 breaths per minute on average .
5. A dog’s heart rate ranges from 60 to 140 beats per minute.
6. The rule of thumb for inducing vomiting with hydrogen peroxide ONLY WHEN SAFE is .5 to 1ml of hydrogen peroxide per lb of body weight. 5ml is equal to 1 tsp. If no vomit is produced in 10 minutes head to the vet right away. Do not exceed 3 tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide no matter what your dog’s size.
7. Never ever induce vomiting if your dog has ingested a caustic substance, ingested something over an hour ago, or ingested strong alkalies.
8. Rescue breathing for your dog should be done every 4 to 5 seconds until they can breathe on their own. CPR compression’s should be done between breaths if needed.
9. CPR compression’s should be done on the left side while your pet is laying down, 80-120 times a minute for larger dogs and 100-150 times per minute for smaller dogs.
10. If you must apply a tourniquet to stem bleeding, be sure to loosen it every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and get veterinary care immediately.
11. If your dog is bitten by a snake, NEVER cut open the snake bite or try to suck the poison out, instead, take note of the snake’s appearance (photographs or videos are best) and get your dog to the vet immediately. Call ahead to let them know that you’re coming!
12. The venomous coral snake can be identified by red and yellow bands touching each other, but only in North America.
13. A venomous snake can be identified by it’s broad and triangular shaped head, the exception to this rule is the coral snake mentioned above.
14. Healthy capillary refill time (the time it takes capillaries to refill with blood – for example, the time it takes for your dog’s gums to turn from whitish to pink after pressing your finger on them) is 1.5 seconds. More than 1.5 seconds means that there is a problem with blood flow.
15. Not all dogs are able to swim.
16. 5 seconds – this is how long you should be able to hold the back of your hand against a hot sidewalk to determine whether it’s too hot for your dog to safely walk on it.