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Uni first aid course for pets

Give your pooch the kiss of life this summer.

STAFF REPORTER

Veterinarians at Murdoch University are offering first aid courses for pet owners.

Jill Griffiths of Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital says emergency treatment is more often needed over the summer months with snakebites and severe allergic reactions requiring immediate attention from owners.

“If your animal does have a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction or is struggling to breathe after being bitten by a snake, being able to perform cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation on the way to the vet can be life-saving,” Dr Griffiths said.

The hospital recently introduced a general first aid course for pets which will teach owners life-saving techniques.

The next courses will take place on Wednesday, February 17 and Saturday, April 9.

“One owner recently contacted me after a pet emergency to say the bandaging techniques learnt at our first aid course allowed him to get his dog to the nearest vet alive,” Dr Griffiths said.

Included in the first aid course is a practical session, including how to recognise what is normal and what’s not, how to place an effective bandage, and a cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation practice session.

“We identified that people were not comfortable giving first aid to their pets, but simple techniques like breathing for your pet and providing effective chest compressions are vital,” Dr Griffiths said.

The course costs $95.

For more info, call 9360 7824.

And tell ’em oneperth sent you.

Photo: ‘Peter’, Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons attribution 2.0 generic licence.

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