Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home is urging dog owners to “get to know basic life-saving techniques for their pets” – and has launched dog first aid courses.
Jamie Simpson, Director of Operations at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home said, “Dogs are important members of the family and just like humans, experience moments of crisis in their health and well-being.
“It is really important for owners to know what to do in those situations, their actions could prevent further injury or illness to the dog, or indeed save a life.”
“If your pet experiences any incident that is life-threatening, a visit to the vet is almost always appropriate. But time can be extremely precious when they are in pain or their life is at risk, and small actions can make all the difference.”
The course, which provide an ITC certification and is SQA accredited, aim to provide pratical training on what to do in some of the most common emergencies that may strike out dogs – such as fractures, heatstroke, hypotermia and choking. Quick action can make all the difference, which is why a campaign is on-going to require mandatory pet first aid qualifications for all pet professionals.
Jamie Simpson added, “Our course is unique in that it provides in-person insights from some of our most experienced trainers, who themselves work day in and out with dogs in all kinds of conditions. What’s more, all funds raised through this course will support the care of stray and unwanted pets that reside here on site.”