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Pet First Aid Awareness Month

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Tri State Pet First Aid

Let’s face it people learn human first aid but when it comes to our pets many are surprised that there is such a thing as a pet first aid course. That is one reason April is recognized as National Pet First Aid Awareness month. To bring attention to those furry family companions that may one day need our help due to an injury or illness.

“Pet First Aid is the immediate care given to a pet that has been injured or suddenly take ill. This includes home care and when necessary veterinary help. Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death; temporary and permanent disability; and expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care.” (Pet Tech)

“According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) one-out-of-four more pets could be saved if just one basic pet first aid skill or technique was applied prior to receiving veterinary care.” (Pet Tech)

With warmer weather right around the corner there are some things to keep in mind. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during the upcoming summer months.

  1. Make sure they have plenty of fresh cool water. A hose that has been sitting outside will emit hot water when first turned on. It’s best to let it run until you feel the cold water start to flow.
  2. Exercising your pet will keep them fit and healthy but remember during hot/humid months to exercise them in the early morning or early evening hours when it’s cooler outside. Monitor your pets breathing rate and mucous membrane color as you are exercising them. Knowing the signs of heatstroke (restlessness, excessive panting, drooling, foaming at the mouth, dry tacky gums, labored breathing, gums going from light pink to dark pink, pooling of the tongue and the tongue extending out longer than normal). In the end stages of heatstroke the pet will become weak and lose muscle coordination. They will have seizures, collapse into a coma and die a horrible death.
  3. If you press your hand to the pavement and it is too hot to keep your hand there for 3-5 seconds, it’s too hot for your pets’ tender paws. It’s best to walk them on grassy areas as much as possible.

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms get them out of the heat and monitor their temperature. If their temperatures is 105 degrees or higher, cool them off by applying cool, not cold, water compresses to the abdomen, arm pits, pads of feet until their temperature reaches 103 degrees. Normal temperatures range from 100.4 to 102.5. In less extreme cases simply moving them to a cooler location (fan or air conditioning) may help them. All pets that have experienced heat stroke should be seen by a veterinarian to make sure there are no complications.

As a caring, conscientious pet owner, we owe it to our pets to be trained in pet first aid. Some of the skills and techniques you will learn in our pet first aid classes are CPR, Rescue Breathing, Bleeding Protocols, Shock Management, Vitals (what’s normal and how to take them),Heat & Cold Injuries, Choking Management, Snout-To-Tail Assessment, Primary Pet Assessment to name few.

Darlene Ehlers
Certified Master Pet Tech Instructor
Tri State Pet First Aid