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First Aid For Dogs

Each office has their designated first aider, but as a dog friendly office, we thought it necessary to have doggy first aider too.

The Buddies office always has at least one fur-baby in the office each day, so we figured it made sense to be prepared should any of our office dogs need first aid.

Team member Becks spent some time researching canine first aid, and eventually came across www.dog-first-aid.com. The company offers ‘emergency Canine Care’ courses throughout the UK.

Each course trainer is taught by registered members of the ‘Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’. The course is mainly designed for those who work with dogs. For example, dog handlers, behaviourists, dog walkers, groomers etc. The course does however happily welcome all responsible dog owners.

We booked Buddies team member, and mama to office dogs Elvis and Serge, Becks onto the course.

‘I arrived at the course venue, which was a church hall in a local village. Around 10 people sat waiting patiently for the course to begin. Whilst waiting for latecomers to arrive, I chatted to the other participants who came from a range of dog-based backgrounds such as dog walkers, search and rescue handlers, agility coaches and even two young ladies who will be heading to Uni in September to study Veterinary Nursing.’ Says Becks.

The course lasts around 3 and a half hours and covers a range of topics such as scene assessment, canine CPR, seizures, bleeds, heat stroke, road traffic injuries and much more.

‘While some aspects of human first aid cross over into canine first aid, there is so much additional information to learn. The course leader taught us some tell-tale signs and how to spot a variety of medical issues. I came away from the course feeling super educated and couldn’t wait to tell the team some of the weird and wonderful tips I had learnt’ Adds Becks.

Becks also came back with an essentials list for a doggy first aid kit…

  • Bandages – A roll of self-adhesive bandages and open weave bandages
  • Non-adhesive absorbent dressings
  • Surgical sticky tape
  • Tick tweezers
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Cotton wool
  • Sterile gauze
  • Blunt ended scissors
  • Foil blanket
  • A towel
  • Antiseptic wipes

While we feel it’s been beneficial to have staff attend the course, it’s important to remember that no matter how confident you feel following a first aid course, a professional should always be contacted. A vet should always be the first port of call. Basic first aid should be used to treat and triage until you can reach a vet.

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