The American Red Cross of New Jersey will host a Pet First Aid Course at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 7-10PM. The cost per student is $70 and registration will need to be made online at www.redcross.org or via phone at 800-REDCROSS.
Learn how to respond to health emergencies and provide basic first aid for the four-legged members of your family. Practice and preparation will help you be calm and effective in an emergency, protecting you and your animal from further injury or suffering. Choose from: Dog First Aid, Cat First Aid, and Cat and Dog First Aid. Course length: 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours depending on course option selected.
- Understanding basic pet owner responsibilities
- Administering medicine
- Managing breathing and cardiac emergencies
- Managing urgent care situation
Just like with people, accidents and emergencies can happen to animals – so being prepared could make a lifesaving difference. For more information about Dog First Aid training and Cat First Aid training or to register for a course, contact your local American Red Cross chapter.
Every participant will receive a complimentary book and dvd to take home. The American Red Cross provides assistance and guidance to people whose pets are ill, injured or in life-threatening situations. The illustrated Dog First Aid or Cat First Aid book outlines symptoms and procedures for common ailments and emergencies. The author, Bobbie Mammato, DVM, MPH is an emergency/critical care veterinarian who also has a Masters in Public Health. In addition to her duties as a part-time small animal practitioner, she is a disaster relief consultant to The Humane Society of the United States.
The main body of the book deals with common health problems and emergencies, and offers solid advice for taking care of your pet until a veterinarian can be seen. Smoke inhalation, collapse, lacerations, diabetic emergencies, and heat stoke are just a few of the emergency situations covered in this book. For each emergency or situation, you will learn about possible causes, the signs that the animal may be showing, first aid that should be administered until you can see your vet, any relevant tips*, and how to prevent the situation from happening.
A small section on tips for owning a healthy dog and cat concludes the book — choosing your pet, providing daily care, traveling, and even a brief section on when to say good-bye.