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Why It's Vital That All Dog Owners Know Basic Canine Health and First Aid

Why It's Vital That All Dog Owners Know Basic Canine Health and First Aid

Why It's Vital That All Dog Owners Know Basic Canine Health and First Aid

As a dog owner, it's important to be prepared for anything. That's why knowing basic Canine Health and First Aid is so vital. From treating minor cuts and bruises, to more serious injuries and illnesses, being able to provide your dog with the care they need in an emergency can make all the difference. Here are just a few of the many reasons why all dog owners should learn about basic Canine Health and First Aid. Trust us, you'll be glad you did!

 

Dog owners face a real panic when their loved pet suddenly falls ill or gets injured. Having a knowledge of dog health and first aid can help pet owners to take appropriate action. Many dog owners struggle to decide when it's an emergency situation or if they can wait until their veterinarian’s office re-opens the next days. Learning a few simple dog first aid techniques, knowing where and when to seek help, as well as monitoring your dog's general wellbeing could mean you are ready to act fast.  By understanding how to control bleeding, recognizing signs of shock and providing basic CPR you could be- prepared for any type of dog emergency can make all the difference, both for the dog and the owner

 

Learning basic canine first aid can help you save your dog's life in an emergency situation

Knowing basic canine first aid can be a life saver for dogs, just as it is for humans. As a responsible pet owner, it is important to understand general health problems that dogs experience and how to address them in an emergency situation before professional help arrives.

A great way to start is to take a class on canine first aid so you can be well versed in the essential treatments and protocols that may not only save your furry pal's life one day but help cope with everyday accidents.

You will pick up vital tips there you will put to use before you know it. I learnt that Cornflour can be used to stem bleeding for instance which would have been really handy when Skye torn her dew claw off. She caught it when making minimal effort to jump over a branch. (Standard Skye behaviour!) The sounds she made was horrendous and it bled really heavily – you can’t help but panic. But its not an emergency as far as the Vets are concerned – luckily the bleeding stopped after a little while but how helpful would it have been to know this little gem!

Knowing your dogs general health and recognise when they are behaving out of character. Be aware of what is “normal” for your dog – such as what there resting heart rate. Learn how to take your dogs pulse and temperature.

Know when a upset tummy needs veterinary attention and be aware of the signs of Dehydration and Shock.  

Familiarizing yourself with symptoms of common canine illnesses and ailments

Know how to bandage a cut paw and prevent infection.

Do you have a Pet first aid kit? We do now! I don’t always carry it with me on walks but it is in my car. The easy-access supplies gives added assurance that we are prepared for any many accidents or injury. This can be a simple as saline to wash something from an eye or paw, a tick remover or a compression bandage

Taking some time to research dog health issues, seek training courses specifically designed for pet owners and stocking your pet supplies kit appropriately can make all the difference when a Dog needs it most, but also provide peace of mind for owners during worrying times of illness.

 It's not as difficult as you might think, and there are plenty of resources available to help you get started

 The thought of giving dog first aid can be intimidating for some dog owners, but it's not as daunting as it may seem. There are tons of resources online that can provide helpful guidance and even videos for demonstrations of dog first aid. You can even pick up dog first aid books or attend classes in your area for more interactive learning.

I would urge you to check the credentials of the person teaching. That’s why I am not teaching you First Aid  - I am not qualified – I am simple encouraging you to educate yourselves

I would highly recommend the course I took with Animal Love Pet First Aid. Taught by a practicing Vet – it is great value for money and can be completed at your own pace. The content is broken down into manageable chunks with video and quizzes at the end of each topic. There is  also have a shop where you can purchase First aid kits and refills.

Knowing what to do in a crisis can give you peace of mind - and could one day make all the difference for your Dog.

Determining how to respond during an emergency concerning your dog can be overwhelming. Knowledge is power, and whether it's learning how to administer CPR, treat minor wounds or even level-headedly transport a sick dog, these basic know-hows could one day be the difference between disaster and relief.

Educating yourself on canine first aid is the best way to ensure you'll be ready and equipped to deal with an emergency. Be informed, prepared and confident that you can handle whatever comes your way. After all, nothing is more important than keeping our four-legged family healthy, safe and happy!