When your dog is injured and there are signs of blood flow, it may be both external and internal. If your dog was hit by a moving vehicle and you do not see any blood, always assume that there is an internal injury that may be causing bleeding.
A veterinarian should be the one to assess the possibility. However, at the scene of an accident there is no veterinarian and if you notice severe bleeding on the outside, then the following steps will help you be better prepared.
To apply direct pressure in order to stop the bleeding, take your hand and press down on the injured area. If possible, try to cover your hand or use a cloth as this will help a blood clot to form faster. This cloth can also be combined with the bandage. If the cloth becomes blood soaked, you may be inclined to remove it in order to replace the cloth with a cleaner one. This is a mistake. Never remove a cloth from the bleeding area because it could damage the clot that is currently forming. Instead, place the new cloth on top of the blood-soaked one.
There may be a time when applying direct pressure does not help stop the bleeding. At this point, your next step should be to utilize pressure points to help prevent further bleeding. What this means is that somewhere on the dog's body you will need to apply pressure to the main artery which is supplying blood to the area that is injured.
There are five pressure points that you must know about in order to utilize this procedure and save the dog's life:
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