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Rescuing Man’s Best Friend
Learning how to treat canine trauma injuries
Originally published in The Suffolk County News, March 26, 2009
By Emily Portoghese
BOHEMIA – Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists held a presentation last Saturday to educate first responders and K9 handlers on how treat trauma injuries in dogs and animals while en route to a veterinary facility. Emergency personnel know what to do when they have a humans suffering from a trauma injury, but few are trained in how to handle canines in the same type of situation. Geared towards these responders, this presentation covered the whole spectrum of emergency and first aid for animals.
“Responders such as firemen, police and emergency medical technicians are on the scene fi rst for a house fire or car accident,” said Dr. George Kramer, a veterinary cardiologist at Atlantic Coast. “They are all extensively trained in treating people and we want to make sure they are up to speed on treating animals.”
Kramer’s presentation, which was one of seven given by separate doctors, discussed Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for canines. He noted that if an animal goes into cardiac or respiratory arrest, it could be a result of trauma or an underlying disease and CPR should be administered. “Partially stabilizing an animal on the way to the hospital can help save their life, just like it can in people,” Kramer said. In some cases, such as smoke inhalation, just administering oxygen is helpful. Ambulances and fire departments should have masks on hand that are capable of administering oxygen to animals, Kramer noted.
Stephanie Golub, a member of the Community Ambulance Company based in Sayville and an employee of Atlantic Coast, noted that knowing how to treat animals in an emergency is something all emergency personnel should learn.
First responders are likely to encounter animals in a house emergency situation, as Kramer noted, there is a 50 percent chance of fi nding an animal in a house fire as opposed to a 38 percent chance of finding an unattended child.
Kramer noted it is simple for first responders to learn life saving techniques for animals since most of them learned life-saving first aid for people and said, “The crossover is easy. They’re already familiar with how to assess a patient and that sort of basic knowledge,” he said.
Dr. Karen Maxworthy, a veterinary surgeon, explained how to treat penetrating wounds, and noted often K9 handlers have dogs working in the field and that leaves the animals prone to a number of types of wounds, “some serious, some not so serious,” she said.
In the case of a police dog, their handler would have deal with something as serious as a gunshot wound. Maxworthy noted her wound management talk gave first responders “a framework on how to manage wounds in the field before they get the animals to a veterinary clinic.”
First responders want to provide as much support and help to working animals and animals they save from an emergency situation as they can, those present noted.
In addition, other lectures were presented regarding bandaging/vitals/restraint, hypo/hyperthermia, toxicity (drugs and environment), gastric dilatationvolvulus (GDV/bloat) and smoke inhalation.
Atlantic Coast is a specialty animal hospital that boasts surgical specialists, internal medicine and chemotherapy, among other specialists and programs. Animals are usually referred to this hospital by their regular veterinarian, but animals in emergency situations are brought to Atlantic Coast as well, since the facility is open 24 hours, seven days a week, Golub noted.