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The first rule of providing first aid for your dog is to ensure the safety of the first responder by making sure the environment is safe before approaching your dog. The most likely reason for a first responder to become injured is from a bite. Even the most well-trained dogs may become aggressive if they are in pain. Signs that your dog may become aggressive may include: growling, baring teeth, raised fur, cowering, urinating and lip smacking. If you do see any of these signs do not approach your animal until it calms down. Using a slip-lead and muzzle is always a good idea before transporting your dog. If you don't have a muzzle, using gauze or other soft material is fine if the dog is cooperating. For small dogs, covering the dogs head with a towel to restrain them is good if you don't have a muzzle.