|Our Bandit practicing her Pet First Aid.|
The class included many demonstrations, including hands-on CPR lessons for all sized dogs, as well as puppies and cats. The practice sessions were conducted on “breathing” stuffed canine mannequins, as well as demos on “Kory,” the very accommodating live canine model whose Hu-Mom, Danielle, is the operations manager at Paws Unlimited.
If you haven’t thought about an emergency scenario for your pets, this is a good time to do so. Since one of my Sibes is an epileptic who has gone through some pretty scary seizures similar to the scenario above before being diagnosed, I do have a First Aid kit, notebook with instructions on what to do if he has as seizure, medicine dosage, as well as phone numbers in case our pet sitter needs it. I also have a ramp for transporting if needed. Since he is a large wooly and now (after meds) weighs in typically at 108 to 112 pounds, if he needed to be evacuated to the vet’s, I can turn the ramp into a stretcher.
October is National Animal Protection and Safety Month (Animal Rescue Service; United Animal Nations) and National Pet Wellness Month (American Veterinary Medical Associationhttp://www.avma.org/)--so what better time to check your pet's vitals, start or stock up your pet First Aid kit, form a pet emergency plan, and take a canine CPR/First Aid program. It could just save your furpal’s life.