At PDSA, our vets and nurses know all too well that being prepared can mean the difference between life and death for our beloved pets.
So be sure to visit us at National Pet Show to see our Pet First Aid demonstrations, where you can pick up essential life-saving skills to help your pet if they do get into any unexpected scrapes. We hope you never need to use them, but it’s always best to be prepared.
Despite our best efforts to protect our pets, accidents can and do happen. In serious cases, knowing what to do in an emergency can give you vital extra minutes to get your pet to a vet.
Travis the Boxer is alive today thanks to the skills his walker Karen learnt from PDSA. They were out in woods, when Travis suddenly collapsed. Without panicking, she quickly recalled the skills she’d learned just a few weeks earlier.
Travis wasn’t breathing and his heart had stopped. But Karen was able to use her new CPR skills and after a few minutes Travis regained consciousness - but his ordeal didn’t end there. Karen rushed Travis to the vet, but he stopped breathing again on the journey there. On arrival, his heart stopped again and he was resuscitated for a third time by the veterinary staff.
Following his ordeal, Travis was diagnosed with a heart condition which he will need treatment for the rest of his life. He owes his life to the skills Karen had learned from PDSA.
Life-threatening emergencies require a calm and quick response, so it’s important to plan ahead and know what to do should something happen to your pet. Even for simple issues, knowing first aid can stop things from becoming more serious
Keep a pet first aid kit at home and with you while you’re on the go. This can include bandages, wound dressings, a tick remover, and a foil blanket, for example. Pet First Aid courses, run by vets or vet nurses, can make sure you know how to use everything safely.
As well as joining the charity’s vets and nurses for their Pet First Aid demonstrations at National Pet Show, you can download Petsurance from PDSA’s free Pet First Aid Guide today.
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