Stay Out of There! 4 Steps to Take When Your Dog Gets Its Head Stuck Where It Doesn't Belong

Posted on: 28 September 2016

Dogs are naturally curious creatures. Part of that curiosity may cause your dog to put its head in lots of places that it shouldn't. If your dog's curiosity has resulted in its head getting stuck, you'll need to act fast to set your dog free. If possible, you should work together as a team with someone else to free your doggy. Here are the steps you should take to help your dog escape confinement.

Reassure Your Dog

If your dog has its head stuck, it might be panicking. The first thing you'll need to do is give it some gentle reassurance. If you can, get down to its level so that your dog can see your face. Carefully place a soft blanket around your pet to help control its movements. Once your dog is calm, you'll be able to work to set it free.

Apply Lubrication

While someone holds on to your dog, apply a generous amount of lubricant to both sides of its face. Be sure to also apply lubricant to the sides of its nose and chin. The lubricant will help your dog's head slide smoothly through the hole. It will also act as a protective layer to help prevent abrasions. Once the lubricant has been applied, carefully slide your dog's head through the hole. If your dog is stuck in a chain-link fence, use wire cutters to remove some of the fencing from around your pet's head.

Treat the Wounds

If your dog suffered cuts and abrasions while its head was trapped, you'll need to perform some basic first aid. First, fill a bowl with warm water and add a small amount of antibiotic cleanser. Use a clean cloth to gently clean the wounds. Once the wounds have been cleansed, rinse them well with clear water and pat dry. Finally, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the wounds.

See the Vet

While your dog's wounds are healing, it's important that you watch them for signs of infection. If they should begin swelling, become red, or develop a smelly discharge, you'll need to see the veterinarian as soon as possible. It's also important that you see the vet if your pet suffered deep penetrating wounds that might require sutures.

If your dog's curiosity has resulted in it getting its head stuck somewhere that it didn't belong, use the following tips to free your pet and treat the wounds. 


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