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April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month!

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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 help if necessary.

It is estimated that up to 60 % of animal hospital visits are emergency in nature. This is a fact!

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 bigger problem. 
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Don't wait to register for my next class April 23rd! I'll be joining forces with once again! Seating is limited! Contact both Kathrine and Kim to register for class.
For Kathrine, call, 480-272-8816 and for Kim, go to where you can sign up under her Pet CPR and First Aid Page, using Pay Pal.

Moving on, 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 know what is “NOT Normal.”

Knowing your pet’s health and noticing when something is "Just not right," as well as recording important symptoms and changes in behavior, is of the utmost importance and could potentially prevent serious issues by aiding early recognition and preparation.

Take notice of your pet every day! He or she relies on you to notice when something is “Not right.”

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If you aren't familiar with the normal and healthy pet assessment; you may be missing important changes going on with your pet. Animals hide their illnesses well. It is survival instincts that even todays domesticated animals still have! If your pet is hiding its 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 the health areas of your pet it could mean the difference between his life and death.
Many pet owners react on instinct and simply don't know what to do other than stand by, panic or cry. Often by the time pet owners arrive at the veterinary clinic it is too late for their pet. If not too late, then often too expensive for treatments needed because of the delayed action.

This is a common scenario because pet owners are not typically trained or educated to know what to do in case of an injury or illness with their pets. 

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. 

Listed are a few questions and/or scenarios. If you can’t answer them, you are high on the list for education in Pet First Aid.

1. If you walk into a room and find your dog or cat choking, do you know what to do? How long do you think it takes before your pet’s airway becomes closed and they end up unconscious? Once that happens, how long before they pass away from the lack of air? Is the Vet trip to far? Do you know where the nearest animal emergency is or your veterinarian’s normal business hours?

2. If your pet falls into your swimming pool do you know what to do if they are unconscious? Are you prepared to do CPR and Rescue Breathing? What if his paws/nails are bleeding because he was struggling to get out of the pool? That’s a priority right? Blood is bad, right? Or is the body temperature from being in the pool more important? Which problem should you address first?

3. Do you know where you can assess your pet’s pulse to see if he/she has 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 moving truck or falls out of a second story window, what do you do first? Is he/she breathing? Does he/she have a heartbeat? Are any bones fractured? Have you ever tried to move an animal with multiple bone fractures? Will you be 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 or need to be moved? How will you restrain and transport your pet when you are in fear of being bitten yourself? What if your pet weighs over 50 pounds and you are alone? How do you get your pet to your car?

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 veterinarian have Anti-Venom?

8. You come home to find that your pet has just eaten an entire prescription bottle of your allergy medication. Should you be worried? What signs or symptoms should you look for in your pet? Do you take your pet to the vet even though he appears Okay?

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 a potential health concern to pets?

10. While walking your dog, another dog comes out of nowhere and attacks your dog. How to keep yourself safe, your pet safe, and how to ward off the other dog. Do you know how?

11. Your geriatric 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 restrain him to help stop the seizure? Do you restrain him and try to get him to the car to take him to the vet? How long will the seizure last? What does a seizure look like? Is your pet dying?

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

14. My kitten just bit an electrical cord! What are the dangers? What if kitty looks okay afterwards? Are there after affects? What are the symptoms?

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

16. The morning was busy and you realize you’ve left your dog outside in 100 degree weather. Will he be okay outside until you get home? What are the signs of heat stroke?

17. There’s a cat in our shed! It’s 100 degrees outside and the cat looks very ill. What do you do? How long has this cat been locked in the hot shed? What do you do for the cat?

18. My old dog is urinating in her sleep. Is that normal for an older pet or is there something medically wrong with him? I don’t really want to spend the money at the vet just for them to tell me it’s normal so I will just wait and see. When to be concerned…..

19. When is my cat or dog middle aged? Do I need to adjust food, exercise habits, supplements? What is the appropriate diet for a dog or cat that is entering middle age?

20. My cat is just lying around today. She will hardly move.

Do you know what a normal temperature for a dog or cat is? What do you do if their temperature is too low or too high? What are some of the indications of a low or high temperature? Do you know the normal temperature and/or how to take your pet’s temperature?

21. You just saw a dog get hit by a car! You want to help but don’t know what to do!

22. My cat just ate a shoelace! He’ll just poop it out, right? Should I be worried?

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

24. My dog just cut his paw on a large piece of glass while at the Bark Park this evening. It is bleeding profusely but my vet is closed. What do I do? Where do I go? Will the bleeding stop?

25. I just cut my dog’s ear trying to shave out a hair mat. Will his ear stop bleeding? Can I bandage his ear? How do I bandage an ear?

If you know the answers to more than half of the examples and questions then you are fairly educated to help your pet at home in the event of an injury or sudden illness. If not, then you should get more education!

Often pet owners do not seek veterinary care until it’s too late for their pet’s survival. This is because people often don’t know if they even need to see a vet. This typically costs them more in the long run.

These are just some of the things you will learn when you participate in a Pet CPR and First Aid class.

April is a great month to participate in a Pet CPR and First Aid Class as we celebrate National Pet First Aid Month!

To participate in my next Pet CPR and First Aid Class please see the flier below. I will once again be joining forces with Force Free Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, popular, veterinary referred and nationally known, Kathrine Breeden, Don't miss out! Seating is limited!
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