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Dog and Puppy First Aid: Shock

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This is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care.
Always seek help from your vet after an emergency.

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1. Pale or White Gums
2. High or low heart rate
3. Increased Respiratory Rake
4. Weak pulse
5. Quite and Lethargic

1. Breath. Stay calm.
2. Call your vet and get your dog ready to be transporter Immediately.
3. Keep your pet calm.
4. Control all evidence of external bleeding with pressure.
5. Wrap the pet in a blanket if cold.

Shock occurs when there is a lack or shortage of oxygen in the body’s tissues. This can happen from blood loss or problems with distribution of blood in the body. Common emergencies that can cause shock are trauma, gdv (bloat) infection, hyperthermia, poison and severe allergic reaction.

Some more information on shock see First Aid Handbook