Canine First Aid

As dog owners we get to enjoy the fun-filled times our canine friends bring us alongside cuddles and companionship, but also ultimately we are responsible for our dog’s safety. Sometimes, despite best efforts, illness and accidents happen so preparing yourself and your family with how to deal with an emergency is vital.

A situation requiring first aid may include issues such as extreme sickness and dehydration, choking or an accident such as a dog bite, a car accident or drowning. In our latest blog Scientific Nutritional Products takes a look at the key factors for dog owners regarding Canine First Aid in these highly stressful circumstances.

Learning First Aid Skills

Firstly to be able to help your dog you must learn the correct skills via a suitable training course. First aid courses are widely available across the UK but when seeking an appropriate course; do your research and read reviews as well as asking fellow dog owners for recommendations.

Core topics should include; common illnesses, poisonous substances, how to control bleeding and deal with seizures and fractures alongside choking and CPR. 

Your safety comes first

In an emergency situation even those having undertaken training can get injured trying to help if they panic in the moment. Taking a few moments to visually assess the situation before you act is crucial. If a dog is injured, i.e by a fall, another dog or a car they will likely be in shock and may be more likely to fight off your assistance or take flight.

Safety measures such as applying extra layers over bare skin or putting on gloves, as well as asking another person to help can make all the difference in these high risk scenarios. Remember that even with the best intentions if you become injured also, you will be no position to help your dog.

Time is crucial

The first five minutes after an incident is critical and can mean the difference between life and death. Often in emergency situations you need help from others quickly. Finding someone nearby to help can be hugely beneficial, and often you will need to call a vet. The vet will be able to give you advice and reassurance and if you need to take the dog to a veterinary practice they will also be prepared and expecting you. This can make all the difference in the time it takes for your dog to get treatment! 

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