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Pet First Aid Month is in April

What is Pet First Aid? 

Pet First Aid is the immediate care given to a pet that has been injured or suddenly taken ill.

This includes home care and veterinary care if necessary.

It has been estimated that up to 60% of animal hospital visits are emergency in nature.

Knowing the skills of Pet First Aid can mean the difference between life and death, temporary and permanent disability, expensive vet bills and reasonable home care and rapid recovery or long recuperation for your pet.

Statistics show that preventable accidents are the leading cause of death among pre-senior dogs.

The more you know about your pet’s health the better chance you have of keeping a simple problem from becoming a big problem.

What other things need to be included in your pet’s care other than learning pet first aid?

· Human/animal bond

· Knowing your pet’s health

· Exercise

· Proper nutrition

· Supplementation

Knowing what “Normal” is for your pet will allow you to also know what is “NOT Normal”

Knowing your pet’s health and tracking its health information is of the utmost importance and could potentially prevent serious issues by aiding early recognition and early preparation.

Learn all you can about your pet’s health. Take notice of your pet every day! He or she relies on you to notice when something is “Not right.”

If you don’t know the signs of normal and healthy you may be missing important changes going on with your pet. Animals hide their illness well. It is survival instincts that even today’s domesticated animals still have! If your pet is hiding it's illness or health changes it may be too late by the time you realize something is going on. Often by the time an animal stops eating/drinking, urinating or defecating, it’s been sick for a long time. If you are trained to know your pet's health, it could mean the difference between it's life and death.

Working in a Veterinary Clinic for 24 years has given me insight to how many pet owners’ react to injuries or illness at home with their own pets. Many react on instinct and simply do not know what to do other than stand by and panic or cry. Often by the time they reach the veterinary clinic it is too late. If not too late, then often too expensive for them for treatments needed because of delayed action.

This is a common scenario because pet owners are not typically trained or educated to know what to do. Today thanks to Pet Tech International, there are Certified CPR and First Aid Instructors that offer classes to educate people on what to do at home in the event of an emergency or injury with their pet. I would personally love to see everyone I know who owns pets or works with other peoples pets, participate in this class.

Here is a list of questions for you to answer. If you can’t answer them you would definitely benefit by taking a Pet CPR and First Aid Class. If you are a business that works with other peoples pets, you should absolutely be trained and certified in Pet CPR and First Aid!

Here is the list of questions you can ask yourself.

1. If you walk into a room and find your dog or cat choking would you know what to do? How long do you think before your pet’s airway is completely cut off and they end up unconscious? Once unconscious how long before they die from lack of oxygen? Is the Vet trip too far? Do you know where the nearest Emergency Pet Hospital even is?

2. If your pet falls into your swimming pool do you know what to do if you find them drowning or unconscious? Are you prepared to do CPR and Rescue Breathing? What if his paws are bleeding because he was struggling to get out of the pool?

3. Do you know where to find your pet’s pulse to see if they have a heartbeat? Do you know anatomically where you are assured every time to feel a pulse if they do have a heartbeat?

4. Does a blue or black tongue always indicate that it is too late for your pet to be revived?

5. If your pet falls out the back of a truck or out your second story window, what do you do first? Is it breathing? Does he have a heartbeat? Are there broken bones? Have you ever tried to move an animal with multiple fractures? They are quite painful! Are you doing more damage than good? Have you just created a new set of problems?

6. Did you know that even the most docile and trustworthy pet will bite if they are in pain? How will you restrain and transport when you are in fear of being bitten yourself?

7. If your pet gets bit by a snake what is the most important life saving action you need to be prepared to take? Does your vet carry Anti-Venom?

Western Diamond Back Snakebite

8. When you come home only to find that one of your pets has just eaten an entire prescription bottle of your allergy medication do you know what the signs are so you can tell which pet ingested them? Which drugs are toxic, which are harmful and deadly?

9. Vomiting and diarrhea….. When to really be concerned. One day? Two days? How about the different affects it may have on cats vs. dogs? Why is vomiting and diarrhea really a health concern?

10. Out walking your dog and another dog comes out of nowhere and tries to attack your dog. How to keep yourself safe, your pet safe and how to scare off the other dog.

11. Your old dog has a tumor that has grown quickly in the last week. Should you be concerned or do all dogs with old dog lumps have this problem? When to take them to the vet?

12. Your dog just had a seizure for the first time. Do you try to restrain him to help stop the seizure? Do you grab him in the middle of it and try to get him to the car for the vet trip? How long will it last? Will it ever end? What is normal? Is he dying?

13. Your dog or cat is not eating well anymore. He is pawing at his mouth, rubbing his face on the carpet. What could be wrong?

14. My kitten just bit an electrical cord! What are the dangers? What if kitty looks okay now? Will there be affects in hours to come? What to look for.

15. What do you do if your pet just got stung by a bee, or a swarm of bees? What happens? How do you care for the symptoms? Do you need to go to the vet?

16. When is my cat or dog middle aged? Do I need to adjust food, exercise habits, supplements?

17. My new puppy just vomited 5 times. He was fine yesterday! What do you think is wrong?

The above are just a few things that happen to clients we see in the vet clinic. Mostly they do NOT seek Veterinary care until it’s much too late because they didn't know if they even needed to see a vet.

If you'd like to register for a Pet CPR and First Aid Class you can do that at my website at

My next class is Wednesday, April 23rd from 9 am until 3 pm and cost is $115. Once there you can use the convenient Pay Pal Button to register and pay for class, email me at or call me for more information at 602-359-36936.

Thank you in helping to celebrate April's National Pet First Aid Month!  Kim

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