Standing by helplessly as your dog or cat is in pain is every pet owner’s idea of a nightmare. But believe it or not, there are now animal first aid classes popping up all over the world to teach you how to handle life-and-pet situations.
In an interview with ABC News, Tasmanian Cathy Nunn explained that her desire to run her own animal first aid workshops came from a first hand emergency situation.
When her dog, Gizmo, suffered an allergic reaction in the middle of the night, Cathy realised that, “If she’d stopped breathing, I wouldn’t have been able to help her.” So she picked Gizmo up and performed the chest-thrust manoeuvre – she actually saved the pup’s life, and her idea for a pet first aid course to educate others was born.
Source: ABC News
The course guides participants through a general “snout to tail” knowledge of their animal, as well as understanding how to correctly bandage injuries, what to do if their pet chokes and how to perform safe CPR. According to Cathy, the bare bones of your pet first aid kit should include: antiseptic wipes, gauze bandages, sterile saline solution, a rectal thermometer, tweezers and a blanket.
Cathy’s pet first aid course is not just designed to save your animal, but also incorporates how to avoid injury to yourself. If your dog is waking from unconsciousness, they can often be panicked and disorientated when they come to, so it’s important to be protected.
“Even your own animals, the pets that you love, will still bite you when they’re panicking and in pain,” warns Cathy.
For pet owners who like to take their dogs on adventures, Canadian paramedic and pet first aid instructor Laurie McPhee says that basic first aid for your pets is crucial. As part of her Dogsafe Canine First Aid classes, Laurie teaches her students pet safety surrounding airplane, bicycle and car travel, water sport safety and canine body language.
Source: Dog About Town
If you’re keen to learn more about doggie first aid, head to http://www.dogsafe.ca/ for an online course.