K-9 First Aid
Search and rescue dog handlers are required, at a minimum, to have Advanced First Aid & CPR...for humans. Canine health is just as important, and handlers need to have the basic understanding of how to recognize & treat injuries, and when to rush to the vet.
Before training or searching in a new area, print out contact information and driving directions to the nearest 24-hour emergency vet facility and leave in your glovebox.
What follows is all well and good in theory, but you should either take a few K-9 First Aid classes with hands-on learning, or ask your vet to spend some time with you and go over the following information, using YOUR dog as the patient.
Lyme Disease in Search and Rescue
Lyme Disease is major concern for any wilderness SAR personnel (especially on the East Coast!), we’ve posted some educational information about it. The following article will discuss ticks and Lyme disease, in both humans and canines. This article will cover: