What is pet first aid?

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First aid is any treatment that you give to your pet after an accident that has happened. We are not asking anybody to be vets, we just want the dog to be kept as safe as possible and the main thing is, you do not want to make the situation worse. These are things that you can do before you take your pet to the vet.

In somebody like a police dog, it will most likely be the police dog handler that is going to be giving them that first aid; they will be well-trained, as will the dog, in what to do. In other dogs who have not been as well-handled, they may not appreciate you trying to bandage a leg and in those situations, it may not be possible and you could distress the animal even more. This is where it comes back to not making the situation worse. So you must do what you can, anybody can give first aid.

If you are not sure what to do, it is always best to give your vet a call first and ask them, "Should I bandage this? What should I do?" And they will be able to help you over the phone before you then bring your pet in. Anybody can give first aid to a dog and courses like this will teach you what you need to do in an emergency.