Posted 2 months ago ago
Members of the team at Four Paws. (Image: Adam Gray/Adam Harnett/SWNS)
By Sarah Lumley
Although first aid for humans is taught all the time, first aid for dogs is almost unheard of and we think it’s important to spread the word to help our canine companions in times of need.
A new first aid video shows how to handle the top five most-searched first aid problems –for your dog.
The how-to video comes as dog sales have seen a sharp, 51 per cent increase since the start of the pandemic last year.
And with a boom in the number of new dog owners around the UK, leading dog training providers iPet Networks want to make sure people know how to treat their pooches in a first aid crisis.
Using a real dog for their brand new first aid course, iPet Networks have highlighted the top five most common situations your pooch might get into – and how you should best react.
The new video covers situations including if your dog has eaten something poisonous to them, like chocolate, or if your dog has suffered heat stroke or gone into shock. One of the examples even shows what to do if your dog needs resuscitating.
Featuring a well-behaved canine model, the video shows how you should react in each of the top five first aid situations – from lying the dog on its side and trying to take action yourself, to dialling for an emergency vet.
For dogs that need to be resuscitated, the iPet Network urges pet owners to take similar steps they would for resuscitating a human.
Resuscitating a pretend dog. (Image: Adam Harnett/SWNS)
The video says: "If your dog needs to be resuscitated the first thing you need to do is put the dog on their side, either side in an emergency.
"Then you need to check that the breathing has definitely stopped, that there is no heart beat or pulse.
"Open the mouth and pull the tongue forwards, check for any obstructions such as blood. Be careful not to get bitten while removing any material.
"If breathing does not start after you have removed obstructions extend the head (nose pointing forwards).
"Then check for a heartbeat over the heart area behind the elbow and check the pulse via the femoral artery on the inside of either back leg.
"If you cannot feel a heartbeat, push on the chest with two hands through the heel of your hands just behind the elbow at a rate of two every second.
"Give two breaths into the nose for every thirty compressions of the chest. Keep going until you reach the vets."
For other issues, such as going into shock, or eating something potentially poisonous to the dog, the iPet Network suggests calling a vet immediately for advice on what to do.
Dog covered in foil blanket. (Image: Adam Harnett/SWNS)
The video says: "Shock can be a hidden killer.
"If your dog has had a sudden incident, like a road fight or serious injury, it will almost certainly be suffering from shock – but it is not always visible for us to see.
"You should call the vet, let them know what happened, and they will advise you on what to do.
"You should wrap your dog to keep it warm – a foil blanket is great from the first aid kit, followed by a normal blanket."
And for eating something potentially poisonous to the dog, they urge to ring the vet immediately.
What to do if you suspect your dog has eaten something poisonous. (Video: Ellis Wylam/SWNS)
The video suggests: "If you suspect your dog has eaten something it shouldn't, make sure you try and find what it has eaten.
"Try and find a sample of it, whether it be chocolate or medicine.
"Ring the vets, give them all the information, time frames, whether your dog is suffering any symptoms, and the vet will tell you what to do next."
Speaking about their new first aid video, iPet Network's founders Sarah Mackay and Fern Gresty, said: "There are so many pet services out there, from dog walkers to groomers and kennels.
"So we believe that an up to date qualification in first aid is essential, just as it would be for a children’s nursery or school.
"These courses, and our higher Level Four course in emergency first aid, give these businesses the skills they need to keep pets safe if the worst should happen.
"Some owners like to come on our courses too, so that they know how to react quickly and safely in a crisis."