Even the most mild-mannered canine can bite under duress or painful circumstances. If your dog is in a great deal of pain or begins to act aggressively, muzzle him before attempting first aid. However, please note that a dog that is vomiting, having breathing difficulties, or suffering from heatstroke or hypothermia should NOT be muzzled.
Any number of objects can be used as a muzzle, including a length of rope or gauze, a leash or even shoelaces.
Start by tying a loop large enough to fit around your dog's muzzle.
- Slip the loop around your dog's muzzle midway between its eyes and nose.
- Tighten the loop so that your dog's jaws are closed. Take care not to bind your dog's jaws too tightly.
- Cross the ends of the muzzle beneath your dog's jaw.
- Bring the end of the string or laces back behind your dog's ears.
- Tie with a double knot. This muzzle should be removable by slipping it back over the dog's ears.
If you are concerned that your dog can't breathe, tie a knot similar to a shoelace bow, which can be quickly released. A dog that shows difficulty breathing should NOT be muzzled.
* The preceding courtesy of DogWorld magazine - April, 2009