First aid for four-legged friends


Victorian pet owners, such as those in Wyndham, are being encouraged to ensure they know basic first aid skills to care for their pets in an emergency,

The RSPCA will run its Pet First Aid course in-person at RSPCA Burwood East for the first time in two and a half years due to the pandemic on August 20.

The course will include tips about winter hazards and how to deal with them as the cold weather continues to impact the state.

Participants will learn how to measure vital signs of life, bandage a bleeding wound, perform CPR and maintain safety while working with an injured pet.

RSPCA Victoria education and training manager Belinda Marchbank said the course will provide necessary tools for all pet owners that could save lives.

“RSPCA’s Pet First Aid course is a great way for pet owners to gain some really important basic pet first aid skills that will provide them with the confidence to act in the best interest of animals in the case of an emergency,” said Ms Marchbank.

“Knowing what to do in the case of these emergency situations, and others, will mean you will be better able to act calmly, do the best for your pet and travel safely to your vet.”

The course also provides basic knowledge about how to care for a pet that has been injured by a car and the steps to take when travelling to seek veterinary care.