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The First Aid Guide For Dog Owners

We all know as dog owners that we should expect the unexpected when it comes to our four legged loved ones. Even with caring for them to the best of our ability, they can still unfortunately find themselves sick or injured. So it’s up to us to be well equipped with the right knowledge for when this happens.

  • Being prepared with a quality pet insurance cover can take the financial pressure away from an already stressful situation, so we can better focus on our furry friends.

  • Have a doggy first aid kit. It should contain things such as a pet thermometer, hydrogen peroxide, saline solution, gauze, tape and bandage scissors.

  • Researching your specific breed can help you to know what to look out for in your pet as well as any caring specifics, as every dog is different.

  • There are many organisations that offer pet first aid training courses. Similar to human first aid, you will be equipped with the knowledge of how to perform emergency CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and much more.

  • It’s helpful to know the ideal vital ranges for your dog and how to check them. Such as their temperature and pulse. This is explained in pet first aid courses but also easily found online.

  • Be in tune with your dog and know the signs. Observing depression, refusal to eat and play can be early signs of an illness or injury. Picking things up early gives your dog the best chances at a quick recovery.

It’s important to remember, that if there is a need to use your first aid kit or first aid training on your dog, that likely means there is a need for a visit to your vet too. It is not recommended that these tips are used in place of a vet visit, rather as well as or in the event of an emergency.

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