Pet CPR & First Aid Certified
In April 2016 I was certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid by Pet Tech Master Instructor, Beth Bowers of Power to the Pawz in Dallas, TX. Our small class of six attendees learned the basic skills needed to help the pets in our care in the event of an emergency.
FACT: There are approximately 1 million pet ER visits per year.
I don’t claim to be an expert, now that I’m trained, but I do know more now on how to help in the event of a pet emergency.
Some of the topics included in the 8-hour course were Caring for Senior Petizens, Priorities of Emergency Pet Care, Pet Assessments, CPR and Rescue Breathing, Muzzling, Snout-To-Tail Assessments, Assessing a Pet’s Vitals and so much more. Not only did we receive perfect instruction and real-life examples, but hands-on practice was a constant theme throughout the day. “Doggie, doggie are you OK?” permeated our very being.
I learned not only those topics needed to be certified, but many other important facts as well. For instance, when caring for a senior petizen, they tend to lose their sense of smell as they age so if possible, try to feed them “stinky” food so it’s more appealing to them. Seniors should not “free-feed.” They should be fed 2x/day in a safe, quiet place to monitor their intake. Loss of appetite is often the first sign of illness or disease.
Another very disturbing fact is that pet theft is rising at a crisis level – often used as a gang initiation. Our pets should always be closely watched and secured indoors when no one is available to supervise.
Learning to muzzle a dog that is in pain or distress was a high-point of course. When an emergency happens, it is important to be able to keep yourself safe so you can treat the situation without being bit. Biting is a normal response when pets are injured and scared.
Excessive exercise in hot climates will expose pets to heatstroke very quickly. A good rule of thumb ~ Temperature + Humidity should never equal above 120! If you notice your pet panting uncontrollably, rapid heart rate, foaming with bubbles at the mouth, vomiting, agitation, depression, inability to walk – YOU MUST TREAT FOR HEATSTROKE IMMEDIATELY!
I learned that cats bitten by a Black Widow Spider will lose 30% of it’s body weight.
The Pet Tech Snout-To-Tail Assessment is an ideal skill to perform as a routine practice, but especially when returning from any outdoor outing. Check for foxtails, ticks, burrs, salt crystals, tar and cuts. Beth taught us to imagine our hands covered in purple paint, then visually “painting” the pet with our hands, making sure to touch every inch of his body.
I never want to use the skills I’ve learned, but in the event a pet emergency presents itself, I hope to be calm and level headed so I will be able to assist in helping out to the best of my ability.
If you or someone you know is interested in taking the next Pet Tech Pet CPR and First Aid class, please contact me and I will point you in the right direction.