Canine First Aiders
Four of our Committee members attended a Canine First Aid training course at Bicton College in January 2012.
First aid is the immediate treatment of injured dogs with the aim of preserving life and alleviating suffering. It is an interim measure to be used until contact can be made with a vet.
The course covered a wide range of situations where first aid could make a difference.
This included wounds, haemorrhage, foreign bodies in the feet, bee/wasp stings, snake bites, unconsciousness, fits and siezures, electrocution, hyperthermia, poisoning, gastric dilation volvulus (bloat) and eclampsia.
The four trainees had a packed day learning theory and getting some practical hands-on experience with both real and dummy patients.
The Club now has people on hand who know when and how to administer first aid.
We will try to ensure that at least one of the four who underwent the training are available on Club nights, at the Show and other events (such as Good Citizen testing days). We do of course hope they won't be needed!