Nfld. & Labrador

Mouth-to-snout resuscitation offered in pet first aid course

You can now add pet first aid to your emergency training repertoire, thanks to a course offered by St. John Ambulance.

Mouth to snout training

8 years ago
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St. John Ambulance is now offering a pet first aid course, which teaches dog and cat owners how to tend to their four-legged friends when they have a medical emergency.

You can now add pet first aid to your emergency training repertoire, thanks to a course offered by St. John Ambulance.

The four-hour course will instruct owners how to handle a pet facing a medical emergency, before it reaches a veterinarian.

"Pets are the same as us," said spokesperson Roberta Hewitt.

"Anything at all could happen to them in respect to an injury, a wound, they could go into shock, they could require CPR, they could be unconscious."

The training course teaches how to care for wounded animals, identify shock, deal with a pet that's choking or has been poisoned, and even perform mouth-to-snout resuscitation.

Real pets not needed

First aid instructors were specifically trained to teach animal first aid, which is new to Newfoundland and Labrador's St. John Ambulance chapter.

No need to bring Fido to the course, Hewitt said. A pet dummy will be used for training.

Therapy dog volunteers and instructors took part in a pilot program and Hewitt said the response was positive.

"[Pets] are certainly such precious members of the family that [owners] feel that much more comfortable and confident to be able to respond and they know what to do."

The course will run on Saturdays and costs $75, which includes a pet first aid kit.

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