Police officers, K9 partners receive naloxone training

Police officers, K9 partners receive...

LIMERICK TWP., Pa. - K9 handlers from around the region are learning how to keep their four-legged partners safe.

Police officers attended a training session, where they learned first aid methods that can be used on dogs.

Organizers say they came up with the idea for Friday's class after they realized K9s face just as many dangers on the job as human officers do.

"This is for trauma such as gunshot wounds. It's for exposure to toxins and explosives and basically anything else that they could be exposed to in the course of doing their job," said Dr. Mark Hanlon, medical director, Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital.

The officers were also taught how to administer naloxone to dogs. The drug, also called Narcan, is a powerful opioid antidote that can reverse the effects of an overdose.

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