How to Lift, Medicate Your Dog

Report from PPG’s Four-Day Pet Care Technician Certification Program Workshop (Part Seven of Eight)

A group photo from the Certified Pet Care Technician workshop. Rebekah King is front row, second from the right.
A group photo from the Certified Pet Care Technician workshop including Rebekah King (front row, second right)

In this post we will take a look at Rebekah King’s day three presentation, Canine and Feline Health Health & Handling which included common canine diseases; recommended canine vaccination protocols, heartworm testing, infection, and disease; common feline diseases; recommended feline vaccination protocols; potential vaccine risks; common parasites; how to safely restrain an animal; administering medications and zoonotic diseases!

King carefully explained something that many pet care providers and pet guardians are often unaware of: how pets should be lifted.  She went over the procedures for lifting a cat, a small dog, a medium dog and a large dog and the attendees all practised their skills.  Many people don’t realize that how a pet is lifted depends on its size so this was a very useful exercise!

Kory and  JC from Tawzer, Niki, Michelle, Rachel, the owner of Palm Beach County DogSmith and her beautiful dog, Chloe, enjoy some rest and relaxation at the end of day three.
Kory Kirby from Tawzer Dog, J.C. Drake, Michelle Harmon, Niki Tudge and Rachel Williams, the owner of Palm Beach County DogSmith with her dog, Chloe, enjoy a break

Later in the presentation, King demonstrated how to administer oral medication to both cats and dogs using syringes, pill pockets made from peanut butter, cream cheese or something else the pet absolutely loves or, if necessary, to the back of the throat.  King also pointed out that when giving aural medication the drop or drops should be applied to the ear canal and the ear should then be lightly massaged.

Rabies, Distemper, Parvo Virus, Leptospirosis and Kennel Cough were all discussed with King telling us that Leptospirosis has increased in prevalence since 1983 with increasing contact between dogs and wildlife.  Lyme disease, a tick borne bacterial disease, causes joint pain, lameness, lethargy, loss of appetite, depression and fever. Kennel cough, a canine upper respiratory complex usually manifests itself as a harsh, dry cough often followed by gagging white foam. Kennel cough has a viral and bacterial component. King stressed the importance of being aware of both canine and feline health issues and increasing our knowledge of vaccination protocols – many of which, in certain areas, may be a legal requirement.

At the end of day three the DogNostics faculty members, the attendees and the great folk from Tawzer Dog all stayed late to enjoy a group bonfire with food, drinks and lots of great conversation.

In part eight, the final post of this series of reports from the Certified Pet Care Technician workshop, we will take a look at day four and Rebekah King’s presentation, Pet First Aid.

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If you would like to know more about pet care, why not sign up for The Pet Professional Guild’s Virtual Pet Care Summit taking place on Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12, 2016 ? There will be more than 25 hours of educational webinars across a variety of topics geared towards the pet care professional!  More information and online registration here'

About Louise Stapleton-Frappell

Louise Stapleton-Frappell - B.A. Hons, PCBC-A, PCT- A, CAP3, CTDI, DN-FSG, DN-CPCT, CWRI BARKS Podcast Co-Presenter and Membership Manager for The Pet Professional Guild British Isles, Louise is a Partner and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career Center and Board Member of The Pet Professional Guild. Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards based, science-based pet training. A Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain, Louise is the proud "Mum" of Jambo - Staffy Bull Terrier Trick Dog: The first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to achieve the Title of Trick Dog Champion. The creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certification Program, Louise has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in Southern Spain, where she offers a wide range of both group and private classes and pet dog services.

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