Yes, I really am a pet first aid instructor. Why? Because dog-sh*t happens! According to the American Animal Hospital Association, 25% more pets could be saved if just one pet first aid technique were applied prior to getting veterinary treatment. I don’t know about you, but I think 25% is a huge amount!
Preventable accidents are the leading cause of death and disability for non-senior dogs and cats. Knowing the techniques of pet first aid can prevent death, can prevent or lessen disability, can prevent or lessen pain. As a pet first aid instructor, my biggest challenge is the fact that typical pet owners aren’t aware that pet first aid classes even exist.
Pet first aid classes cover such topics as poisoning, bleeding protocols, rescue breathing, heat/cold injuries, CPR and situations requiring veterinary care. They may also cover subjects like dental health or caring for a senior pet. These days, pet owners are not only concerned with knowing how to be reactive in case of emergency, they also want to know how to be proactive in their pet’s health and well-being.
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There are a number of pet first aid classes available out there, including some online. Don’t take the easy way out; take the class the most comprehensive class you can find. Be sure it includes repetitive hands-on practice, not just lecture and demonstration. You want to be sure that you have muscle memory of the skills you learn so that you can access them in case of emergency. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can always see the current class offerings at Healthy Paws here: http://www.healthypawsla.com/healthy-paws-class-schedule.html.
Take a pet first aid class. You’ll learn a lot, and they’re always a good time. To find a pet first aid instructor in your area, visit www.PetTech.net. Pet Tech is the first international training center for pet first aid and care. If there isn’t an instructor in your area, consider becoming one. Just like Pet Tech’s mission statement, you’ll be “improving the quality of pet’s lives, one pet owner at a time.”
Jillian Myers is the owner of Healthy Paws in Los Angeles. In addition to pet first aid and care classes, Healthy Paws also offers professional pet care services (pet sitting, dog walking, etc.) to discerning pet owners in west LA. Jillian is also a volunteer at the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter. She highlights adoptable dogs on the Hounds Needing Homes section of the Healthy Paws website www.HealthyPawsLA.com. She encourages all animal lovers to donate their time to their local animal shelter…the animals will love and appreciate it!
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