There’s no denying that a large number of the British public believe that their dogs are as much a part of the family as their human relations, and the great thing about this is that we are becoming more aware of what our dogs need to be mentally fulfilled. The rise in professional dog walkers and doggy daycare centres has made having a dog even easier for those who work full time and don’t have the option to “pop home and let the dog out for a wee”. Knowing that our dogs are being cared for, played with and loved when we can’t be with them is a great source of peace of mind for any dog lover, but when researching the perfect person to entrust our furry family members to we should also be thinking about how the person would act in an emergency situation.
We all know that life with a dog doesn’t always run smoothly and many of us have been in a situation when a lovely relaxing walk has quickly turned into a mad dash to the vets. So we are within our rights to fully expect those that are caring for our dogs, on a professional level, to have an up to date Dog First Aid certificate to ensure that they would be equipped with the skills and knowledge to save your dog’s life should the worst happen.
But it’s not just the professionals that should know how to administer first aid to a dog. Vets agree that if the correct action is taken before the animal gets to them, the chances of survival and quick recovery is increased. With that in mind surely everyone who lives with or cares for dogs, even if it’s just taking a neighbour’s dog out for a walk every so often, should know how to act if disaster strikes.
And how about our office dogs? More and more dogs are going to work with their owners which, in general, is great for both dog and owner. Studies have shown that having an office dog can reduce the stress levels in staff and increase performance but we shouldn’t forget the responsibility we have to our office dogs as well. They may not be running around like crazy things or playing with other dogs like they possibly would be on a walk or in a daycare centre but they can still get sick or injured. Admittedly, an office environment will pose completely different hazards to a more energetic environment but there is still risk of illness or injury.
As dog owners, hopefully, the vast majority of us are aware of our duty of care towards them, both from a physical and mental point of view. We are investing in our dogs health when it comes to the food they eat, the care they receive when we aren’t there and the understanding of canine behaviour and body language in order to prevent poor mental and physical health. But preparation is as important as prevention, so let’s ask ourselves what we would do if our dog ate something poisonous and suddenly became very sick, or they started choking on a small object. How about if they had a seizure, cut themselves and started bleeding heavily or chewed through a wire and suffered an electric shock? All of these things and more are hazards that can occur on walk, in the home and/or even in our offices so surely we owe it to the dogs we share our space with to know Dog First Aid and be fully prepared to aid in their recovery.
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