Dog And Puppy First Aid: Trauma

Please note: Information in this post is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian in an emergency.


  1. High heart rate and respiratory rate
  2. The dog is dazed and may not respond



  1. Stay calm and call your vet and take your dog to them right away.
  2. Treat for shock.
  3. Keep your dog calm.
  4. Control any bleeding by applying pressure.
  5. Keep your pet warm.

A traumatic injury refers to a physical injury that was onset suddenly and severely. It requires medical attention. Trauma may cause your dog to go into shock.

Traumatic injuries are the result of a wide variety of blunt, penetrating, and burn mechanisms. They include vehicle collisions, exercise s injuries, falls, natural disasters, and a multitude of other physical injuries that can occur at home or on the street and require immediate care.

Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is one of the founders of Wag Enabled (originally Why Does My Dog). Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent, and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions