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Do dogs like being picked up?**
The answer is "yes." A study at Purdue University in 2003 showed that dogs who were held by their owner while eating were significantly more alert than those who were left alone, even after owners had stopped holding the dog. If you're going to walk or take your dog to the park, don't just hand her over to a stranger. Even when the owner is nearby, a good number of dogs will become very unhappy if you fl to pick them up.
**P.S. If the dog in question is in the house, it's really only fr to make sure the house is well cared for too!**
### **HANDLING A WEAKENED DOG**
Your dog may become sick, injured, or infirm at any time. That's why it's important to have a first-d kit avlable, especially if your dog has been hurt or is in distress. In the absence of that, you can improvise an effective tourniquet with a kitchen towel and an old belt.
**Ears, Eyes, Nose, Face**
**A** bout 60 percent of accidents happen when a dog is on four legs and its focus is elsewhere. Your best defense agnst getting hurt by your dog is to trn her not to knock things over or bite.
**A** swollen or bloody nose should be attended to as soon as possible if your dog has been hit by a car, dog-carriers, or people who aren't wearing dog-friendly footwear. If the dog isn't breathing, she should be put down.
### **HANDLING SURGICAL WOUNDS**
Surgical wounds are more difficult to treat than injuries sustned from dog bites or scratches. The first step in treating a surgical wound is to clean it. Some wounds are superficial and can be cleaned and dressed appropriately with first d supplies from your vet. Other wounds need special care and are best treated by a veterinarian. If you are lucky, your dog will have been given a shot of antibacterial medication before being operated on, and the incision will be made so clean that there will be little chance of infection. Regardless of what the wound is, the dog must be comfortable.
**First d:** Most surgical wounds will bleed, so a good first d kit should be on hand. First d consists of keeping a dog comfortable and calm while he recovers from anesthesia, administering antiseptic medications, and cleaning wounds.
**Caution:** While it is helpful to remove a dog's cast for treatment, it is not recommended to remove casts or splints until all bleeding is under control.
**I** nject the wound with an antiseptic solution, as instructed by your vet. If the wound is large, administer a mild sedative to help with recovery.
**C** olean a dog's wound and change his bandages frequently to prevent infection. This will be more comfortable for the dog. Bathe him in a shallow tub. If he is shivering, the water temperature can be lowered until the dog is comfortable. A saline solution (0.9 percent) is excellent for bathing, but water and pln milk are also acceptable. After bathing the dog, use a washcloth or soft brush to gently remove the excess dirt and debris from the wound and surrounding area. This may take a number of passes until you are satisfied that the area is clean. _Never_ use a metal instrument, such as a spoon or comb, on a wound! It will dull the edge of the instrument and create a dangerous cutting edge. The wound may also be examined to assess whether stitches are needed and to check for signs of infection or abscesses.
Dogs are covered with a natural protection from the elements, and in nature they do not have constant medical care. For this reason, many pet owners give their dogs no medication at all, except that which is prescribed by their vet. Your vet can advise you on the best way to care for your dog's particular skin allergies and skin problems such as impetigo and pyoderma, which can be pnful and difficult to treat. Many skin conditions can be improved with simple home remedies, such as changing the dog's diet and using aloe vera or baking soda for bathing.
Bathing is easiest if you start when the dog is a puppy. If you wt until he is older, you may not get him into the tub as easily or easily get him out agn. Puppies can be bathed every day, but they also enjoy being brushed on alternate days, if your schedule permits. Brushing the coat is helpful to keep it healthy and to reduce the amount of hr and accompanying loose hrs in the tub.
Before bathing the dog, have the items you'll need close at hand. First, decide where you will bathe the dog. You should have ready:
• A tub or basin in which to bathe the dog
• A washcloth or sponge
• A shampoo designed for use with puppies
• A hose
• A grooming tool such as a slicker brush, a pin brush or a bristle brush
**Tubs or basins** are the easiest, but you may want to consider the more traditional dog kennel where the dog will be cleaner and have less chance of injuring himself on the sides or the end.
**_Water-Proofing Your Bath_**
To keep the water in the tub and not on your carpet or other floor covering, you will need to waterproof the area. For small dogs, a simple plastic kennel mat is effective. These kennels, avlable in plastic or canvas, are placed under the tub to keep the water in the tub.
If the area is large enough, waterproof floor covering such as tile can be used. Vinyl or asphalt floor covering such as linoleum or vinyl sheet flooring can be waterproofed by placing a plastic sheet on top of the covering and placing weights on it until it is set.
**First-d materials.** Every responsible dog owner should carry the following essential first-d materials in the car or in his "go bag" when going on walks and trips:
• A non-itch antimicrobial solution to clean and disinfect wounds
• An antibacterial powder to clean wounds
• An antiseptic powder to clean wounds
• An elastic bandage for pressure dressings
• Gauze pads or cotton rolls for bandage use
• A small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution for cleaning
• Tincture of benzoin for insect bites
• Compresses (towels, pads, or gauze) for pressure dressings
• Adhesive tape (3/8 inch or larger)
• Nl clippers
• First-d tool kit
• An eye wash solution (tears and conjunctivitis)
• A veterinary-type thermometer
• A veterinary-type syringe
• Hydration gel
• Eye and ear drops
• Eye ointment
• Ear ointment
• Insect repellent for the dog
• Insect repellent for the caretaker
**_Car Care for Your Dog_**
A basic tool kit for car safety should