Dog first aid expert sets up course for Bishop's Stortford pet owners
A canine first aid course is on offer to Bishop's Stortford pet owners next month.
The session on July 27 is being run by Much Hadham resident Lou Johnson, 47.
Originally from Sheffield, the former dancer and choreographer set up her own business to keep dogs safe across Hertfordshire 18 months ago and its has grown to a full-time job..
Lou knows only too well the importance of being able to deal with a dog in need of first aid - she has two of her own, a Jack Russell terrier called Doris and an English springer spaniel named May.
She said: "I have had several emergencies with my dogs or others that I have been caring for. May had a severe cut to her paw when we were out walking which bled profusely. I have also had a dog suffer from heatstroke and another time I had to separate a dog fight and deal with bite injuries. All of these scenarios, and many others, are covered in the Dog First Aid course."
She was inspired to strike out on her own after attending such a similar session: "I found the course really useful. I learnt so much and felt really confident afterwards that I would be able to look after a dog needing emergency care, and also spot the signs of serious illness and get them to a vet in time to help. It got me thinking that all dog owners should have access to a course like that, and maybe I could be the one to make that happen."
She underwent an extensive training programme, learning from registered members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
She said: "Dogs can run into danger everywhere they go. The scenarios we look at in the Dog First Aid Course include poisoning, CPR, road accidents and cuts as well as heatstroke, shock and choking.
"Dog owners, particularly those people working with dogs, should know what to do in the event of an accident or emergency. It could mean the difference between life and death for the dog, but even in less crucial circumstances it can significantly reduce the amount of treatment and recovery time a dog will need."
To find out more, see www.dog-first-aid.com/herts