Canine First Aid.

Dogs are said to be “man’s best friend”. But, how can we do our best when taking care of them? How do we know what is best for them, when they can’t really talk to us. A good place to start is learning as much about them as we can, and educating ourselves on how to treat potential problems that may arise.

In 2016, there were 8.5 million pet dogs in England. Every dog owner would agree that it is important to be able to take care of their pets. A part of this is being able to recognise health risks and knowing how to prevent or treat them.

Common Health Risks to Dogs

It is impossible to stop all the possible risks that are out there. However, getting to know and understand potential risks can increase the chances of possibly preventing them.

Nature poses several risks to us all. For example, mosquitoes and ticks can carry diseases that are dangerous to dogs, as well as humans!

Skin problems appear very often in dogs. Fleas and mites can cause skin infections which can prove to be very uncomfortable for them. Dogs can easily catch these, especially those that work around farm animals. Like humans, allergies can cause skin problems as well.

Epilepsy, diabetes and heart disease are examples of diseases that dogs can get, just like humans.

Obesity is also a big health risk to dogs. Overweight dogs can have problems with their organs, joints and bones.

There are foods that dogs should not be allowed to eat, for example, onions, can have a damaging effect on red blood cells. It is a good idea to research and find out what ingredients/foods that your dog(s) must avoid.

Heat can be dangerous to humans, so imagine if you had thick fur! It is good to know the warning signs as to when a dog is getting too hot.

Canine First Aid Suitability

Canine First Aid is suitable for anybody, just not for dog owners or people who work with them. You never know when you may be in a situation where these skills are needed.

How many deaths could be avoided if more people knew how to give CPR or know how to treat a dog with heatstroke? Canine First Aid will also help to give every dog owner more confidence when it comes to taking care of their pet, it can help to give one the ability to provide emergency treatment to an injured or sick dog until professional medical care is available.

Every trip to the vets costs money. But having the ability to treat minor problems and ailments, and being able to identify potential issues, could save you money, and it could also save a dog’s life.

A Canine First Aid course costs just £48, surely, man’s best friend is worth that?!

There is always a chance that nothing will ever happen. But I’m glad I have the skills, just in case I ever need them!

By Tia Karttunen.

Safeguarding Children and Young Persons training: A firsthand account.

It is our responsibility to take care of those who can’t defend themselves. Unfortunately, many children are often victims of some form of abuse. Whether it be mental or physical, we must open our eyes and recognise the signs. That is why Safeguarding Children and Young Persons training is an excellent way to put all the information you might already know into the right places.

 What is Safeguarding children?

This is how I define Safeguarding: It is protecting children and their rights no matter where they come from. It is giving every child equal opportunities in life by preventing all kinds of abuse, and by helping those who have already suffered.

Who needs it?

Safeguarding children training is useful for everyone, but is is arguably essential for those working with children and young persons. It is a big responsibility to work with them and their welfare is the number one priority.

How can we help?

 We can all see bruises, we can all recognise if a child is behaving differently to his/hers peers. However, I don’t think everyone knows how they would proceed from there. What would you do if you saw a child with torn clothes and he/she  doesn’t look well cared? Should I first talk to the child? Or perhaps call the police? The parents?

These are the questions that I had before the training, I wasn’t sure what would be the right thing to do. Every situation is different, which means that the ways of dealing with them are different too, familiarising yourself with the different situations and solutions is key.

What are the benefits?

 This training helps to provide perspective on topics that may seem obvious. You will know if a child has an unexplained bruise or broken arm, you will know if they appear to be behaving out of character.

But, what do these different signs mean? We can all see the signs, but identifying their root cause is not as easy. This training will teach you the correct ways in which to proceed, for every situation.

What did I learn?

What I learned when I did my Safeguarding Children and Young Persons training was not only how to recognise different signs that indicate abuse, but more importantly, how to react and address them.

Some people can get very attached to the children they are working with and helping, I am one of those people, that is why this was excellent training to do.

Now I know the correct ways to react, and the best ways to proceed, when it comes to the Safeguarding of Children and Young Persons.

By Tia Karttunen.