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Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency hospital ASAP and be careful when handling your dog

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Your regular veterinary clinic may be able to treat your pet.
  • If your dog has been treated with insulin or has been diagnosed with ‘insulinoma,’ apply honey or sugar to your dog’s gums.
  • Be careful handling your dog after they collapse. Especially in seizures, a dog may be confused and bite. Give them a moment to come out of the episode.


Why it’s an emergency

A dog that hasn’t recovered from collapse indicates a severe problem

  • Any condition that causes collapse requires veterinary intervention. Given that your dog has not recovered from the episode, your dog could have a life-threatening time-sensitive condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Our main concerns are internal bleeding, anaphylaxis, and heart failure.


First aid tips

Perform first aid if applicable, and transport your dog on something rigid

  • If your dog is unconscious:
    • Pull their tongue forward and straighten their neck in an upright position.
    • Look for any obstructions in the back of the mouth. If you see something, remove them carefully by hand.
  • If your dog is not breathing:
    • Gently close their mouth and breathe very lightly into the nose approximately every 10 seconds.
  • If there is no heartbeat:
    • Gently compress the chest 15 times then give two breaths. Continue this as needed until you get to the vet.
  • Transport your dog in their crate/kennel or something rigid, such as a pet or utility wagon. A possible cause of collapse is spinal injury, so take care to not aggravate the injury.
  • Learn more about collapse or fainting in dogs


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