First Aid For Pets -

First Aid For Pets

Happy Month of May! May is full of many well known holiday and observances such as Mother’s Day, May Flowers, the official start to Spring and sunny weather and much more.  We typically start spending more time outside with family be sometimes we forget our four legged family members.  I am a mother to a four legged fur child and I do all I can to make sure he is safe and out of harms way.

This month I would like to remind you that there is such a thing as Pet First Aid.  The American Red Cross has a great curriculum that is accompanied by a manual specifically for dogs and one specifically for cats.  When we are outside and enjoying this nice weather our pets can become injured as well as daily maintenance people need to know about to be the best pet parent they can possibly be.

The American Red Cross curriculum covers dog topics such as:  Protect Your Dog’s Health, Giving Your Dog Medications, Be Prepared, How to Know if It’s a Medical Emergency, Respond to a Breathing or Heart Emergency, First Aid Reference Guide: Allergies, Bite Wounds, Bone, Muscle and Joint Injuries, Choking, Ear Problems, Poisoning, and 63 other common canine medical emergencies

The American Red Cross curriculum specifically for cats includes similar topics for dogs such as: Protect Your Cat’s Health, Giving Your Cat Medications, Be Prepared, How to Know if It’s a Medical Emergency, Respond to a Breathing or Heart Emergency, First Aid Reference Guide: Allergies and Allergic Reactions, Bone, Muscle and Joint Injuries, Fever, Insect Bites, Poisoning, and 55 other feline medical emergencies.

These topics seem trivial for some people but a fur parent, they are real issues and emergencies that can occur and we need to know what to do in the event we cannot immediately get to a vet to get the pet the care it needs and knowing when something isn’t quite normal and needs advanced medical care just like humans.

One great thing about this class is it can be taught in multiple settings to make it extremely fun! Encourage local vets to advertise and participate as well as doggie day cares and pet spas.  People will definitely be willing to know what to do to get the knowledge and take home book that can better help them help their fur children.