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What should you do if your dog or cat feels unwell from the heat or is run over by a car? To provide him with first aid, a Savoyard woman teaches the gestures that save our four-legged friends. #TheyHaveTheSolution
Have you ever given mouth-to-mouth to a dog? Or bandage a cat? Do you know how to recognize the symptom of dilation-torsion that affects certain breed dogs? So many things that pet owners can learn in Haute-Savoie thanks to Isabelle Voidey. This former volunteer firefighter organizes an annual training course in animal first aid. It welcomes about fifteen trainees like Sylvain, owner of four dogs in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, marked by bad experiences.
“Some of my dogs have already been run over by a car, stung by a wasp… I think it’s good to know how to react in the event of an accident”. The first thing to master is stress management in the face of an injured animal. You have to know how to take the two seconds necessary to analyze the situation. “You need a technique to approach an animal that is injured, especially if it is shocked, because in this situation it only works on its instincts and may no longer recognize its master and run away”, explains Isabelle Voidey, a passionate rescuer.
Among the other lessons given: how to extricate an unconscious animal from a burning garage, how to handle an accident dog on the public highway or what to do in the event of an electric shock. Obviously, the trainees practice on plush models, because it would not be a question of hurting a healthy dog or cat. This course reminds us of the importance of certain gestures, especially in the event of a heat wave. You must always remember that a dog will not be able to last up to three days without drinking, otherwise beware of heatstroke.
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