First aid should be just that — the very first help you provide if your pet is injured. There are times when that quick bit of assistance totally takes care of the problem and other times when it is only the first step as you head for professional care. Luckily there are a number of things you can to do help your dog in cases of minor accidents. One of the first rules is not to panic! If you panic, you won't be thinking clearly and your dog will pick up on your tension. Stay calm, and you can be a positive influence for your dog.