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UKs top canine first aider issues warning to dog owners as autumn approaches

As autumn draws near, gardeners across the UK are preparing to plant spring bulbs to create beautiful displays when the warmer season (hopefully) arrives.

While the prospect of colourful flowers is exciting, pet owners need to exercise caution when choosing their bulb varieties, according to an expert from Oldham.

Rachel Bean, a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and UK’s top canine first aider is urging pet owners to consider the potential dangers posed by certain bulb types to their beloved furry friends.

About Rachel Bean and Vet on Set

Rachel Bean, from Grotton in Oldham, operates Vet on Set together with business partner and fellow animal expert Davina Hamilton Maddox. The firm, which is based in Salford’s Media City, provides animal welfare monitoring for the film industry, going onto TV and drama sets to ensure that animals have a good and safe experience when taking part in filming.

She also runs a canine first aid business. (

She is renowned for her expertise in canine first aid, having authored the iPET Network’s Canine First Aid qualification.

Rachel passionately shares her life-saving knowledge through demonstrations across the country.

Toxic Threat: Tulip, Crocus, and Daffodil Bulbs

Many popular spring bulbs, such as tulips, crocuses, and daffodils, can be toxic to dogs, leading to symptoms like sickness, upset stomach, and even fatal consequences.

Rachel Bean, with her extensive experience in canine first aid, is issuing a crucial warning to pet owners to remain vigilant.

Rachel emphasised, “While witnessing the first signs of spring is a joyous occasion, it’s imperative to understand that common bulbs can pose significant risks to our dogs.

“The toxins within bulbs are more concentrated than in fully grown plants and flowers. Therefore, it’s vital to monitor your dog’s interest in the bulbs you’re planting.”

She continued, “If your dog enjoys digging, consider alternative bulb options to safeguard their health. Additionally, store bulbs securely within your home, out of your dog’s reach. If you suspect your dog has ingested a bulb, identify the type and seek veterinary assistance promptly.”

Daffodil Poisoning: Serious Consequences

Daffodil poisoning, in particular, can lead to severe heart problems, breathing difficulties, and swallowing issues.

Symptoms may also include inflammation and burn-like marks on your dog’s body. Rachel emphasized, “If you have any concerns whatsoever, it’s always best to consult a veterinarian immediately.”

Learn More About Rachel Bean and Canine First Aid

For more information about Rachel Bean and her life-saving work, visit

Rachel stands as the UK’s foremost canine first aider, and her celebrity dog, Chilli, assists her in her educational demonstrations.

Rachel’s contributions to TV and radio have been instrumental in spreading vital canine first aid skills.

She also offers the Ofqual regulated iPET Network Level 3 qualification in Canine First Aid during her events nationwide.

Accessible Training for All

Rachel’s sessions are open to anyone interested in learning these essential skills.

You don’t have to pursue the qualification; simply attending and gaining knowledge is invaluable.

Reflecting on the importance of canine first aid, Rachel stated, “With the increasing number of dogs in the UK, it’s crucial that as many people as possible are equipped to handle emergencies.

“Our course is beneficial for pet professionals and responsible dog owners alike. Many participants have shared stories of how they saved their dog’s life after attending our sessions.”

A Multifaceted Approach to Animal Care

As a qualified veterinary nurse, Rachel Bean also operates Vet on Set, a business headquartered in Salford’s Media City.

Chilli with Joe Lycett

Vet on Set provides guidance and support for animals on TV and film sets. Chilli, the Labrador, achieved fame for her role in Linda Biscuits on Channel 4’s recent series, demonstrating Rachel’s expertise.

Rachel’s Media Presence

Rachel recently appeared on TV, delivering a first aid demonstration as part of Crufts coverage.

She consistently shares her insights as a columnist and commentator in various media outlets.

Rachel concluded, “We genuinely hope that dog enthusiasts will join our sessions, as these skills genuinely save lives.

“Whether it’s dealing with a choking dog or treating a wound, it’s vital to remain composed and act swiftly. We’re here to teach you everything you need to know. Chilli is an incredible companion at my events, acting out different scenarios. Rest assured, her newfound fame as Linda Biscuits hasn’t gone to her head.”

Book Your Spot and Save Lives

To discover more about Rachel Bean’s courses and secure a spot at an upcoming session, please email [email protected].

Your participation can make a difference in safeguarding the well-being of your furry companions!

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