Animal first aid classes teach pet owners how to resuscitate

Animal first aid classes teach pet owners how to resuscitate

Andre Marsh with German shepherd Goose

Animal first aid is proving popular in Herefordshire

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COURSES teaching pet owners to give emergency first aid to animals, including hamsters, are going down a storm across Herefordshire.

The classes give county animal lovers tips on dealing with cuts and poisoning to their pets as well as resuscitation techniques and are fully booked up until December.

They are the brainchild of Leominster businessman Andre Marsh who says, much like human injuries, the moments following trauma to animals can be crucial.

“In a real emergency you may not have the time to get to a vet,” said Andre, who runs the town’s Little Beer Shop.

“We always tell people it is about the care prior to vets arriving. This is about emergency treatment. People seem surprised there is a course like this going.”

He said advanced classes deal with issues including the resuscitation of animals. These most commonly centre on the likes of horses, dogs and cats but Andre says he has heard stories from elsewhere in the country of animals including tortoises being saved in this way.

“Dealing with emergencies involving animals, in rural areas especially, is difficult as there is no emergency service for them in life-threatening situations and veterinary assistance may not be close at hand.”

Andre initially started the course as a one-off charity fundraiser but was approached earlier this year to hold another class.

He sits in on the classes which are run by a county-based senior veterinary nurse. All courses are run privately. Visit afaid.co.uk for further information.

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7:54pm Fri 5 Oct 12

bobby47 says...

I'll be damned if I'm going to give mouth to mouth to any member of the animal kingdom.
I've got no problem popping a flea collar on some domestic cat or dog or even giving aid to a Suckling Sow that has eaten too many Magic Mushrooms and is clearly intent on exiting the pig pen and running into oncoming vehicular traffic, but I'll not give mouth to mouth to any beast that walks, crawls, swims or fly's on the good Earth.
This type of practice is against our human covenant with God and I'll not be found cozy'ing up to some dog bereft of life and giving it mouth to mouth outside Maylord Orchards.
If seen, doing this, the Constable would be perfectly right to march me away and explain myself to the Magistrate.
Never. I say never!
I'll be damned if I'm going to give mouth to mouth to any member of the animal kingdom. I've got no problem popping a flea collar on some domestic cat or dog or even giving aid to a Suckling Sow that has eaten too many Magic Mushrooms and is clearly intent on exiting the pig pen and running into oncoming vehicular traffic, but I'll not give mouth to mouth to any beast that walks, crawls, swims or fly's on the good Earth. This type of practice is against our human covenant with God and I'll not be found cozy'ing up to some dog bereft of life and giving it mouth to mouth outside Maylord Orchards. If seen, doing this, the Constable would be perfectly right to march me away and explain myself to the Magistrate. Never. I say never! bobby47
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4:12pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Marian June says...

I like this idea. I will try to book up. It's very important to know basic animal/avian first aid.
I like this idea. I will try to book up. It's very important to know basic animal/avian first aid. Marian June
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