Advanced Pet First Aid Level 3 (VTQ)

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Classifications of an Emergency

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Different accidents or illnesses can be classified into three main groups.

The first group is the life-threatening conditions. These will require immediate action by the owner, pet first aider and vet. Conditions in this group include if the animal is not breathing, serious bleeding, spinal injury, shock, choking, extremes of temperature, snake bites, unconsciousness, severe burns and poisoning.

The next group is those who require prompt attention. These require treatment but are not immediately-threatening. These could be fractures, other bleeds, gaping wounds, conscious collapse and dislocations. You will need to take them to the vet straight away but it would not be classified as a life-threatening condition.

The final group is minor injuries which will require veterinary treatment but the animal can be kept comfortable until the appointment at the vet is available. Examples in this group are lameness, minor burns, abscesses, bleeds that have been easily controlled and insect stings.

As a first aider, you will need to decide quickly how bad the injury or illness is and get the appropriate help and deliver the appropriate treatment.

When you first approach the animal you need to methodically look over the animal to make sure you do not miss anything. It may be that there is an obvious injury but a more serious one is hidden. First look their nose, mouth, ears, skull and eyes to look for anything that does not look right or discharge.

Next examine their limbs, ribs, spine and abdomen for pain, bruising, deformities, paralysis and wounds.

Finally move on to their pelvis, tail and general body surface. You are looking for fractures, deformities, discomfort, bleeding, discharge and matting in the fur.

In human first aid terms this is known as a head to toe survey. In pet first aid you could call this the head to the tail survey.