Vet charity offers free first aid guide as it reveals over 90% of owners have no training

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Vet charity PDSA is offering a free pet first aid guide, as they reveal that more than nine out of 10 pet owners surveyed “have never received any pet first aid training“.

Three quarters of those surveyed wouldn’t know how to perform CPR on their pet, and almost the same amount “wouldn’t know or would be unsure” what to do if their pet was having a seizure. Further, 80% of respondents don’t own a pet first aid kit, and many feel uninformed when it comes to managing common illnesses or injuries affecting their furry family members. Almost half (46%) didn’t know or weren’t sure how to help their pet if they were suffering from heatstroke, while 52% would “feel clueless or would be not sure what steps to take” if their pet broke a bone.

PDSA Vet, Lynne James, said, “The figures highlight the extent of the skills gap when it comes to basic pet first aid skills. However, owners often don’t realise how important first aid training is until they need it, which can sometimes be too late. As with humans, taking the right actions in the first few minutes following an emergency before seeking veterinary attention can make a huge difference on the outcome of the situation.

“The good news is that while it may seem like a big task, there are practical tips that owners can learn, which will help them treat and potentially save the lives of their pets. I’d encourage anyone who doesn’t feel confident providing treatment to their furry friend in an emergency to download our pet first aid guide, which includes a host of resources that could prove vital.”

“Many of us may also be concerned about the cost of living at the moment, and the price of unexpected treatment will only add further strain to pet owner’s pockets. Aside from lifesaving tips on treating pets in an urgent situation, our guide also offers lots of simple advice that can help to avoid an incident happening in the first place, and requiring more costly treatment down the line.”

You can download PDSA’s free pet first aid guide here.

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