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Thursday, 11 October 2012 09:52

Learn to help your four-legged friend with first-aid course

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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For animal lovers their four-legged friends are an important part of family life and people will go to great lengths to provide their pets with the care they deserve.


Now there is another way to take care of your animal by learning about pet first aid.
For the first time, the St. John Ambulance Training Centre in Swift Current will present a course on first aid for pets Oct. 21.
Training Centre Manager Jan Loeppky-Mackay said the aim of the course is to provide pet owners with the necessary skills to assist their animals when an unfortunate accident happens.
“We’re not trying to replace the veterinarian,” she emphasized. “As in people first aid, we’re just trying to stabilize the pet that has been injured.”
Providing an injured cat or dog with treatment in the moments after an accident can be critical to saving their lives, just as is the case with humans. There are many mishaps that can happen with animals at home or outside, from encounters with vehicles on the road to misadventures in rural areas.
“On my farm it would be being kicked by a horse or kicked by a cow,” Loeppky-Mackay said. “So, it’s life-saving education. It encourages safety in emergency situations, of course, and being prepared to help out your dog or cat.”
The topics covered include basic safety and injury prevention, emergency scene management and dealing with different domestic emergencies.
Participants will learn what to do when an animal chokes or has some airway obstruction. They will be shown how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation, how to deal with an animal in shock and treatment of fractures and wounds.
“It will provide the students with the knowledge and judgement and skills needed to respond safely and effectively to emergency situations,” she said.
The pet first aid course on Oct. 21 will take place from 1-5 p.m.
For more information or to register, phone 306-773-8236 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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