First aid for dogs

First aid for dogs

Sometimes something happens – all of a sudden. On this page you will receive some helpful information about what to do in an emergency situation with your dog. Please note that this overview does not have a claim for completeness. In any case you have to turn to a qualified veterinarian.

We are dog trainers in Berlin. For that reason some of the following information is especially for dog owners in Berlin. If you are resident in another federal state of Germany please customise the relevant information.

Erste Hilfe beim Hund in Berlin - Giftnotrufzentrale Berlin Poison Control Centre BerlinIn case of emergency please click on left picture.  You will be then directed to the web

page of Poison Control Centre Berlin. Phone 030/ 30686 – 711


Since the beginning of 2013 unfortunately the veterinary emergency call centre is not available anymore. For that reason there is no general phone number for emergency cases for dogs in Berlin.

To make it easier for you in an emergency case we have generated a Google page with a search request for “Emergency service dogs Berlin”.

Erste Hilfe beim Hund in Berlin - Notfall Hund Berlin Emergency service dogs Berlin”; Google search resultsIn case of emergency please click on left picture.  You will be then directed to the

Google search results


Please be aware: Your dog is in an emergency situation. Your dog possibly behaves unusual. Please FIRST think about your own safety. You would be unable to help your dog if you get hurt as well.

Basic rules in case of an accident with a dog:

  1. Secure yourself
  2. Secure the scene of the accident
  3. Calm the dog. In case the dog is haggardly running around restrict the dogs’ movement
  4. Check if the dog can breathe. Check and clean the mouth if possible. (Beware of bite wounds)
  5. If the dog cannot move put it on its right side and keep it warm. Talk to the dog reassuringly. (Avoid direct sunlight)
  6. Breathing arrest: do a mouth-to-nose insuffliation. (A short puff of breath every 3 seconds into the nose of the dog; the dogs’ mouth should be closed and the head stretched backwards; watch the chest of the dog. If the chest raises and lowers it is a good sign; if not keep on giving respiration.) Please keep in mind that the dogs’ lungs are way smaller than human lungs.
  7. Cardiac arrest: You can find the dogs heart as follows: Put the left front elbow of the dog towards its body. The heart is at the height of the elbow. Do a cardiac massage as follows: Put both hands plane on top of each other and press the chest with a strong and firm squeeze – ten times every 6 seconds.. Take care of stretch your own elbow so that your arms are straight. You should see that the chest sinks otherwise you do not press firm enough. Afterwards do the mouth-to-nose insuffliation twice. If the dog does not begin to breathe nor has heart beat after 10 minutes and if tongue and gums become blue your efforts were to no avail.
  8. Bleeding: Stop the blood flow. Take whatever is available to put it on the wound. If the dog is badly injured do not lose time thinking about if the material you put on is clean or maybe fixed too tight. It is all a matter of survival.
  9. Bone fractures: Secure the fracture with anything available: put on small branches, a rolled-up newspaper and fix it with tape, a piece of fabric or a towel.
  10. Take the dog directly to a veterinarian/ veterinary hospital. While on your way call the veterinarian and give notice.

In the following cases please contact a veterinarian immediately

Symptoms of poisoning, bone fractures, dog bites, fever, states of shock (apparent on the color of mucosa in the mouth which normally is rosy. In case of state of shock or blood loss it becomes light rosy to white), respiratory problems, repeated gagging or vomiting, eye injuries, heat stroke or very unusual behaviour of the dog

Be prepared for questions the veterinarian might ask:

  • How many days has your dog been ill for?
  • How did your dog change?
  • Does your dog eat more/ less?
  • What is the consistency of the excrement/ urine?
  • What is the body temperature?
  • Did you check the heart rate?
  • Did you check the respiratory frequency?
  • What is the possible cause?

Please click here to see what is poisonous to dogs.