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Carrying an Injured Dog

Incorrectly picking up or carrying a dog can make injuries much worse. Never pick up a dog by his front legs, as this can result in a dislocated elbow or shoulder.

Carry a small dog cuddled in your arms with the injured side away from your body. With a large dog, place one arm around his chest or between his front legs. Place the other arm around his rump-or between his back legs if you suspect a hind-limb injury. Hold the dog close to your chest so you can’t drop him if he squirms.

A dog in shock should be transported lying down on a flat surface or in a hammock stretcher to facilitate breathing and to prevent a sudden drop in blood pressure.

WebMD Veterinary Reference from "Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook"


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