Pet CPR and First Aid Training: A Benefit for You and Your Pet

Chances are when you get a pet, you do not anticipate something going wrong, but unfortunately, sometimes it does. A way to be prepared so you can be there for your pet is to take a pet CPR and first aid training class. The class can be a way for you to be prepared to give your pet the care he needs in an emergency and have the satisfaction of knowing that you can help should he need it.

There is not much worse to a pet owner then when you see your beloved animal hurting and there is nothing you can do to help. There are dangers everywhere and there is only so much you can do to prevent situations from happening. A pet CPR and first aid training class not only helps you better prevent the situations from happening but gives you the skills to know what to do should something happen.

Pet CPR and first aid training classes may not be as common as the classes for first aid and CPR on humans, but they are out there. The Red Cross offers an excellent class where you can get a certificate after you successfully complete the course. Other organizations in your area may also offer similar classes.

In addition to learning pet CPR and first aid skills, you can learn how to recognize an emergency or potentially dangerous situation, some of which may not be immediately obvious unless you know what to look for. Learning how to bandage your pet, removing fleas and how to give the pet Heimlich are also some of the skills you will most likely learn.

The feeling that you know you can help your pet before you can get him to the vet can be immeasurable. Having the know-how could mean the difference between your pet being able to successfully recover from a situation and not being able to do so. Even knowing how to put together a pet first aid kit can be valuable.

Pet CPR and first aid training classes usually cost money and take several hours, but that time and money spent can be worth it. If you consider your pet a part of the family, having the knowledge can be a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. I still use the information that I learned from a pet CPR and first aid training class; those skills stick with you long after you leave the room. To find a class near you, contact your local Red Cross or an animal organization that may offer similar classes.

While it is important to have pet first aid and CPR skills, they are no substitute for a vet’s care. Should an emergency occur, do what you can but it is still vital that you get your pet to a vet immediately.

Sources:

– Personal experience
– http://www.redcrossnnj.org/class_view.asp?nroClass=707&SN=1870&OP=4433&IDCapitulo=KQO9J7H3L2
– http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.1a019a978f421296e81ec89e43181aa0/?vgnextoid=6317f46306b5b110VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default