New virtual classes will teach dog owners how to give life-saving first aid to their pets

An organisation which teaches dog owners how to give life saving first aid to their pets has launched a virtual course so owners can learn skills at home.

Kathy Hobson, of Dog First Aid Sussex, said: “With many veterinary surgeries having to reduce their opening hours due to Covid-19, it’s never been more important for pet owners to know exactly how to administer first aid to their dogs. To enable dog-owners to continue to learn the life-saving skills they need to keep their pets safe, Dog First Aid is now offering Virtual Interactive Live classes.

“An essential part of being a responsible owner is knowing how to help your pet in an emergency. Those who have attended courses in the past say they feel much more confident that they could act to save their dog’s life if such a situation arose.

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Dog First Aid Founder, Jo Middleton, says: “Dogs can run into danger anywhere they go and so it has always been important for dog owners to learn the skills they might need in order to administer first aid to their pet. We know that administering the right first aid can literally save an animal’s life, but even when the stakes aren’t so high, first aid can improve the outcome and reduce recovery time for a sick or injured dog.

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“Right now many veterinary practices are having to reduce their opening hours or staffing levels and so it’s never been more important to know what dangers to look out for, how to tell if your dog is ill and what action to take to save your dog’s life, or prevent a condition worsening until you can locate a vet to help.

“Taking the Dog First Aid virtual live courses mean that people can access all the information they need in an interactive way while staying at home.

“The courses are fun and informative and include details of how to check your dog’s vital signs, what to do if their heart stops beating, what to do if they are bleeding, how to help a dog having a seizure, what things you might come into contact with that could poison your dog, how to treat burns, what to do in the event of a road accident, the key actions to stop a dog choking to death and much more.

The virtual courses are streamed through a video link, allowing participants to ask questions and participate.

For more info or to book onto a course, visit or email [email protected]

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