Pooch patching lessons

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How to patch up a pooch and what a dog’s dinner must never include were among the lessons learned by a Northumberland home-from-home pet care team at a canine first aid day inNewcastle.

The course included practical tips and common sense advice on how to deal with a wide range of health and behavioural problems.

It was organised by Muttamophosis Dog Training and Behaviour’s Sue McCabe and veterinary nurse Emma Foxall, from Companion Care, Cramlington.

The Guyzance-based Barking Mad pet care team of Tina Young, Carol Ann Grey and Colin Heathcote got to practise their bandaging skills on three live and one stuffed ‘patients’.

Tina said: “The session was most informative and has given us a basic grounding in recognising dog-related ailments and how to deal with them.”

Dealing with bruising, grazes, deep wounds, burns, electric shocks all featured in the day’s tuition, as did reviving an unconscious dog using CPR techniques.

Pictured above are, from left, Emma Foxall, Sue McCabe, Colin Heathcote, Tina Young and Carol Ann Grey with golden retreiver Alfie, border collies Sage and Guinness and toy dog Spud.