First Aid teddy

It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare: watching your dog choking, seizing or worse in front of you, and feeling powerless to do anything to help.

While taking your dog to the vet as soon as possible is vital, being able to give your pet first aid can be crucial to giving them the best possible chance at making it. Now leading vet charity PDSA is running a series of free pet first aid courses for pet owners.

The first event was held on Friday 31 March in Manchester, but there are more coming, teaching pet owners how to deal with some of the most common emergencies – such as choking, heatstroke, bloat and seizures – as well as how to resuscitate a pet.

PDSA community nurse manager, Sue Bartlett, said, “Would you be prepared in the event of an emergency with your pet?

“If not, don’t panic and come along to our first aid course to learn how to keep your pet safe. Thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery we’re able to teach pet owners the skills needed to care for an injured pet to prevent further injury before they can be seen by a vet.”

The course involves “a mixture of theoretical and practical aspects as well as opportunities for group discussion”, and all participants will receive a certificate of attendance. To know more about the courses, and to book a place, you can call Toni Snelson on 0800 234 6826 or email


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