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Summer Dog Attack Spate Prompts Urgent Appeal For Owners To Learn Canine First Aid

6 months ago

11th September, 2023 21h36

Rachel Bean

A leading veterinary nurse is urging dog owners to take a canine first aid course, following a number of dog attacks throughout the summer

Rachel Bean, who wrote the iPET Network's course in canine first aid, is urging as many people as possible to learn basic first aid techniques, so that they can react quickly and calmly in an emergency.

The leading first aider is speaking out, as stats revealed that there were 22,000 cases of out of control dogs causing injury last year.

Rachel believes that by learning first aid, owners can spot signs that their dog is in pain which may affect their behaviour, and also potentially save the life of their pet if they are attacked.

Rachel said: "There are more pet dogs in this country than ever before, and there is no such thing as a bad dog. But there are ways that we can help our dogs stay safe, and spot signs that your dog may act out.

"In the pandemic many people got a dog for the first time, and that inexperience, coupled with the dog not being as socialised because of lockdowns, can lead to problems as the dog becomes an adult.

"In my practice we see the results of dog attacks, and I really hope that owners will consider a first aid course. They are fun and friendly, and they help you to stay calm and focused in an emergency."

27% of UK adults currently own a dog, with over 10million pet dogs currently living in the UK.

Rachel added: "We are a nation of dog lovers, but we are also a very busy and stressed nation. I am appealing for people to work their hardest to make time for their dog, and get the skills that they need to save their life."

Rachel is an ambassador for the national Safe Pets and People campaign, which is calling for all UK pet professionals to have first aid training, and teaches courses around the world.

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