MORE than 130 local pet owners attended a free event to learn essential first aid skills which could help save their pet’s life.

Clent Hills Vets recently hosted the event, which was held at St John’s Middle School in Bromsgrove.

Emily Ashdown, a registered veterinary nurse, pet physiotherapist and first aid trainer, delivered a presentation which covered everything from how to take a dog’s temperature, to dealing with blood loss, fractures, heat stroke and poisoning.

A series of live demonstrations, using two realistic model dogs, included how to apply a bandage correctly, performing CPR and how to check an animal’s pulse.

There was a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

Pet first aid kits were available to buy with profits going to Clent Hills Vets’ nominated charities for 2019.

£202 was raised for Medical Alert Assistance Dogs and Therapy Dogs Nationwide.

One guest said: “It was really useful information. I would highly recommend every pet owner to attend a session like this.”

Due to the popularity of the event, which was fully booked, Clent Hills Vets hope to run further first aid courses soon.

If anyone has any concerns about their pet’s health they should always contact a vet.

However, first aid skills may help save a pet’s life in an emergency situation where medical attention is needed before people can get to a veterinary practice.