First Aid

The Pet Friendly First Aid Kit is the perfect product for any pet owner or for someone with active dogs. It contains all you need to help your dog in an emergency prior to seeking veterinary help. It also contains a book from Walks n' Wags that gives you useful advice.

First Aid is typically described as "Emergency treatment administered to an injured or sick person before professional medical care is available."

Although usually referring to humans, the definition is still valid when it comes to dogs. Much of the first aid that is administered is similar, however distinct differences come into play, specifically when referring to their anatomy, and their inability to communicate with humans what is wrong.

Significant pet first aid theory can be learned through reliable internet sources; however, it is stressed that this is to be used as a learning resource only and in an emergency, a pet owner should not simply go online but should take their dog to a vet.

Comprehensive websites with qualified veterinarian writers are available to understand the symptoms and treatments of certain conditions, and they will recommend whether first aid treatment will be sufficient or if a visit to a vet will be necessary.

Over the last decade, pet first aid courses have become available to pet owners and people who work with pets. Many pet-related businesses that involve looking after pets require staff to be trained in pet first aid.

Organisations such as Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid, as well as St. John Ambulance in Canada and American Red Cross offer courses and certification for Pet Care Professionals and reference guides in pet first aid.

Pet first aid courses are designed to equip pet owners with the information and skills needed to assess the situation, administer the appropriate care, or stabilise an injured pet until qualified veterinary care can be obtained. Courses typically include preventive care (avoiding illness and injuries). Students usually learn the importance of immediate medical attention following an injury, how to properly restrain and transport an injured animal, and the following:

Preventing illness and injury
Restraint and transportation
Internal and external bleeding
Wounds and infections
Artificial respiration and airway obstruction
Abdominal thrusts (Heimlich Manoeuvre)
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
Administering medications
Eye and ear injuries
Injuries from heat and cold
Bone and joint injuries
Dealing with grief
How to assemble a complete pet first aid kit

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