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Karlin
3rd January 2008, 11:55 AM
This article from the Red Cross features a cavalier and talks about First Aid classes for pets:

http://www.redcross.org/article/0,1072,0_312_7410,00.html

lady and amber
3rd January 2008, 01:03 PM
I was sent by the company I work for on a week long course, with the St Johns Ambulance to learn CPR and work based first aid, and it was mentioned by the trainers that we could use the skills we had learned on our pets if need be,

Karlin
3rd January 2008, 01:12 PM
I've read that using the Heimlich manoeuvre is a last ditch thing -- that it can also break bones and is risky. But general first aid skills would definitely be useful. I know you can do mouth to mouth on an animal!

lady and amber
3rd January 2008, 01:21 PM
On a small dog like a cavalier, if it was chocking I would try the same method that you use for a child first, by lying it a cross my knee head down and slapping it hard across the back, the Heimlich technique is a last resort with any one.

*Pauline*
3rd January 2008, 01:48 PM
Thanks for that alternative Lynne, I'd heard the Heimlich manoeuvre can be dangerous too. Hope I never have to use it.