First responders learn to treat police dogs

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URBANA — First responders got to learn how to treat a different breed of police worker. EMS staff and police were trained on how to treat working dogs in cases of emergency.

It would include situations where both people and dogs are hurt. First responders would be able to perform tasks such as treating stab wounds and administering Narcan on the spot.

People with Carle say the instructions for how to do this should feel pretty familiar.

“The reality is that anatomy and physiology of a police working dog is really very close to human anatomy and physiology. So the training of our human paramedics carries over very well to treating animals,” said Dr. Michael Smith.

Before this program, police officers would have to drive dogs to the vet if they were seriously hurt. Veterinarians say that could mean the difference between life and death in some situations.

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