Always be prepared. Keep a first aid box handy at home for emergencies. The box should contain an antiseptic, some bandages, some blunt ended scissors, absorbent gauze, a muzzle, and an Elizabethan collar. Talk to your veterinarian about any drugs or ointments you should include in the box, depending on your dog’s health condition.
Do not panic. Yes, it’s a tough situation, and could have drastic consequences. This is all the more reason to keep calm and assess the situation with a clear head.
Ensure the safety of yourself and others. Remember that although your dog loves you, he/she is frightened and in pain, and might bite you.
Call your veterinarian as soon as possible and tell him/her as clearly as possible about your dog’s symptoms, duration, and any ideas you might have about the cause.
Remember that at this stage you are the only source of information that your veterinarian has, so be as clear and precise as you possibly can.
Do not give any human medicine to your dog (or any medicine at all really) without consulting your veterinarian, as many of them can do more harm than good and you might end up worsening the condition.
Avoid giving your dog any food as he/she might have to be sedated or anaesthetized once you get to the veterinarian.
Drive carefully when you are taking your dog to the hospital. Erratic driving can worsen your dog’s condition.
An emergency must be dealt with promptly, calmly and without panic. Always have your veterinarian’s contact information with you in case of emergencies and do not perform any self medication without professional guidance.