Pet First Aid Awareness Month

  • By Kathy McRoberts
  • 04 Apr, 2012

Some tips brought to you by  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

Cincinnati Dog Knowledge Center

By Pets in Need 08 Jan, 2018

Education is the first step  in pet poison prevention

Pet owners should take the time to educate themselves on the various, sometimes unexpected, pet poisons in their environments. The  Pet Poison Helpline  provides an extensive list of poisonous items for pet owners to be aware of, but here are a few of the most common items seen by veterinarians:

By Pets in Need 11 Dec, 2017

Outdoor Animals:

Many people believe certain dog breed, such as huskies and malamutes, are capable of living outside all of the time because of their thick coats. However, no dog breed should be consistently left unprotected outside. According to the City of Cincinnati, when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a pet owner should not leave their dog outside for longer than sixty minutes without adequate shelter. For outside dogs, owners should provide a warm, dry, draft free shelter with fresh, unfrozen water. Heated water bowls are a great option to ensure consistent access to unfrozen water. Owners should also feed their outdoor dogs more during the winter because their bodies use more energy trying to keep warm. In 2016, the City of Cincinnati passed an ordinance with further restrictions and shelter guidelines for dog tethering and weather conditions, which can be found by  clicking here

A common winter hazard that vets encounter consistently with cats is engine belt injuries. Cats will climb into cars to keep warm, and without knowing they’re there, people will start their cars and harm the cats. Before starting your car in the winter, it’s advised to give the car hood a few raps to make sure there are no cats cozied up inside.

By Pets in Need 27 Nov, 2017

Pets start an estimated 1,000 fires per year. While this isn’t a huge number, it’s easily preventable. Pet owners should identify the risks in their home and make sure they’re contained from pets. Risks to consider include, open flames such as candles, space heaters, stovetops, fireplaces, and frayed wires chewed by puppies.

Even if all fire hazards are contained from pets, there’s still always a chance of a house fire. According to the   National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , there’s a home fire reported every 86 seconds in the United States. So while the hope is that you and your pets never have to face a fire, it’s important to have a plan.

In case of a fire, pet owners should hang window clings that let firefighters know there’s a pet in the home. The   ASPCA offers a free Pet Fire Safety Pack   that includes a window decal. When leaving home, pet owners should know where their pets are and keep them close to exits if possible. Pet owners should also consider investing in monitored smoke detectors that alert homeowners of a fire when they’re not home and automatically dispatch firefighters.

By Pets in Need 14 Nov, 2017
First, let’s learn a bit of information about pet diabetes. Just like in humans, there are 2 types or diabetes in pets, which veterinarians typically refer to as insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent. One is caused when the body doesn’t make enough insulin, which is a hormone created by the pancreas that allows glucose (or sugars) to move from the blood stream into cells to create energy. With non-insulin dependent diabetes, the body is making enough insulin, but it can’t utilize the insulin efficiently. This can be caused by high body fat content, chronic cortisone administration, and/or certain hormones such as progesterone (produced during a pet’s heat period).
By Pets in Need 30 Oct, 2017

Getting your dog microchipped is an easy and relatively inexpensive procedure that drastically increases the odds that your pet will find its way home if it’s ever lost. A microchip is a tiny chip that’s about the size of a grain of rice and contains a unique identification number. It’s injected into a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades on their back. When scanned with an electric scanner, the chip will show the unique identification number and manufacturer of the microchip. This unique identification number will be linked to the pet owner’s contact information in the microchip manufacturer’s database.

If a stranger ever finds your dog, a shelter or veterinarian can scan your pet for a microchip. Once they have the identification number and manufacturer from the chip reading, they will call the manufacturer in search of the pet owner’s contact information.  Therefore, if a dog owner moves or changes their contact information, it’s extremely important for them to update the contact information associated with their pet’s microchip identification number.

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