How to Make a Homemade Muzzle for Your Dog

You may need a homemade muzzle in a canine emergency.

If your dog gets hurt, you may need to make a homemade muzzle so you can evaluate, render first aid, and transport him for veterinary help. A dog that is hurt may react by biting, even if you are well-known to him and he would never ordinarily bite you.

Having a muzzle ready in your well-stocked first aid kit is the best idea, but if you don't have one or are caught somewhere without it, you may be able to fashion a homemade muzzle.

Making a Homemade Dog Muzzle

First, find a piece of material that is about 18 inches long. This could be roll gauze, a tie, soft rope, a long sock, or a piece of cloth.

Note: Do not use a muzzle if the dog is choking, having trouble breathing, has a mouth injury, or is vomiting or coughing. Flat-faced dogs may not be able to be muzzled. You should also take even more care with these dogs not to impede their breathing with a muzzle.

Remember, a muzzle is not a guarantee that a dog can't bite you. Continue to be careful while you work with a muzzled dog.

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