Pet First Aid Instructor Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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Spinal Injuries

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With spinal injuries, it's really important to not move your pet. Any movement could cause that spinal injury to move or to make it worse. You need to find a way to safely get your pets to the vets without moving them very much. This may be that you need the vet to come out to sedate them to safely move them. Or maybe if you can put something underneath them without moving them too much, and then either pull them or with more people around you in the case of a large dog, be able to lift them without allowing them to move too much, get into a car, and then take into the vets. You may find a spinal injury could be something not necessarily as the result of an accident, it may be a prolapsed disk, a spinal disk that has moved and suddenly paralysed your pet. This could happen on a dog walk. It could happen at home when they're jumping up to get a treat and especially if they are a breed that is predisposed to these things happening. When this happens, the same thing as applies as if it was a spinal injury, you need to immobilise that pet so they cannot defer the damage to the spine. If that disc has partially prolapsed and that you move them more, the disk could potentially move even further to a point and cause permanent paralysis, rather than a potential temporary paralysis that can be fixed surgically through spinal surgery.