Sunday, 3 June 2012

Nunavik Sled Dogs Need First Aid and Care Too

ScienceDaily (June 1, 2012) — In Nunavik, there are many dogs -- sled dogs, pets, and strays -- but no veterinarian, so the University of Montreal International Veterinary Group has given Andréanne Cléroux, a veterinary student, the mandate to design and deliver a first aid guide for dogs in northern Quebec. "The problem relates mainly to animal health care, immunization, and dog population control," Cléroux explains. "We wanted to create a guide that would provide basic tools for pet owners so they can provide care to their animal while waiting to contact the remote veterinary consultation service to get advice from a veterinarian at the CHUV (University of Montreal Veterinary Hospital)."

The initiative is part of the Support project in veterinary public health and animal health in Nunavik, which began in 2008 with the creation of the remote veterinary consultation service.
Last year, Cléroux spent a month writing the guide before flying to Nunavik. During her one-week stay, she presented a draft of her work to several inhabitants of the town of Kuujjuaq. She was accompanied by the junior college student Emaly Bibeau Jonas, who provided interpretation between Inuktitut and French. "Through their comments, I was able to rework the guide to make it more simple, concise, and user-friendly," says Cléroux, who was supervised by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine's Dr. Denise Bélanger, Dr. Cécile Aenishaenslin, and Dr. Josiane Houle.

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