Dog First Aid


Attend a Dog First Aid course. It could save your dog’s life.

Today I attended a first aid course with Dog First Aid. I have been on the course before and always leave with my mind brimming full of information.

The course is relevant to dog owners and professionals. It covers topics such as Full Body examination; Dog fights; CPR; Seizures; Poisoning, Bleeding and much more.

My main takeaway is the need for Prevention. Whether it be in the home or out on walks, prevention and avoidance of an injury is always preferable to cure.


At Home:

Make sure all household cleaning products are out of reach.

Contents of a food compost bin are toxic to dogs, keep well out of reach and securely closed.

Familiarise yourself with a list of poisonous human foods and keep out of reach.

If you have a dog who will scavenge when left alone, make sure they don’t have access to food areas.

When using appliances such as the iron or hair straighteners, keep dogs away due to risk of a burn.

Keep all medications out of dogs reach - if in your hand bag then make sure you don’t set it down.

Don’t use slug pellets in your garden. They are highly poisonous to dogs.

Never feed raw hide treats. Despite their popularity in shops they are a dangerous choking hazard.


On Walks:

Keep your dog on-lead near roads and fully secured on car journeys.

Use a harness rather than collar - if your dog pulls there is a risk of trauma to their throat.

Keep on-lead near farm animals (fear of trampling), high waters (fear of drowning), fly tipping/rubbish (fear of cuts and general injuries).

In time for summer educate yourself on the symptoms of heatstroke.

In winter do not allow dogs to drink out of puddles near roads as they may have anti-freeze in them. Clean paws after walking on grit, it has chemicals in it that a dog may lick off its paws.  


General Points:

Know what’s normal for your dog i.e. respiration rate, pulse, gum colour, skin colour.

Get your dog used to being handled. Gently investigate their paw pads, skin, ears, gums etc. Knowing what’s normal helps you notice changes. Being comfortable with your touch makes emergency investigations less stressful.

Save your vets number in your phone. If traveling away with your dog, find out details of the nearest vet


This may all seem like common sense, and it is, but unless we take the time to think about the risks the world poses to our dogs’ health and safety, we may not make important changes to keep them safe. Accidents will happen despite our best prevention and so it is important to know what to do -

Attend a Dog First Aid course. It could save your dog’s life.