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VIDEO: First Aid for greyhounds (Part 1) – Essential items you need in case of emergency

Highly-respected greyhound veterinarian, Dr. Chris Boemo features in a brand new video series relating to emergency first aid for greyhounds.

His first video outlines the basic, essential first aid materials that greyhound breeders, rearers, educators and trainers should always have at their disposal.

Dr. Boemo explains that the immediate and correct use of certain first aid items for bandaging or splinting injuries can lessen the chances of further harm occurring before getting your greyhound to a vet.

“In order to provide basic first aid you need basic first aid materials to stop or compress bleeding, support an injured or fractured limb or to hold whatever dressings you put in place until you can get to definitive treatment,” Dr. Boemo said.

‘While applying immediate first aid to injuries can be hugely beneficial, prolonging diagnosis and treatment from a qualified vet can be detrimental to your greyhound’s health, well-being and chances of making a full recovery.’

Dr. Boemo showcases a combination of basic supplies that greyhound participants should keep in their first aid kits, all of which are readily available at vet clinics, chemists and in some supermarkets at a low cost.

He estimated that spending between $20 and $40 on a small amount of basic supplies is sufficient to complete a basic first aid kit for greyhounds, and that ideally your kit would be transportable.

“You don’t necessarily need a first aid kit at home, as well as one in the kennel and one in the car. You can transport one first aid kit from point a, to point b, to point c, depending on where you are. That’s going to cut your costs down, and as long as you remember where it is you will be able to access it when you need it,” he said.

Dr. Boemo said that while applying immediate first aid can be hugely beneficial, he stressed that prolonging diagnosis and treatment from a qualified vet can be detrimental to your greyhound’s health, well-being and chances of making a full recovery.

WATCH: Basic materials needed for your personal greyhound First Aid Kit.

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Stay tuned to grv.org.au over the coming weeks as Dr. Chris Boemo features in videos on:
- Bandaging
– Splinting
– Acidosis

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