Last year I became certified in pet CPR and first aid. I am one handy woman to have around in a crisis with your pet, that’s for sure! Pet CPR is pretty similar to human CPR, but it’s extremely helpful to take a class on it. It’s also nice to have the credentials to back up your skills. Anyone can become certified in pet CPR and I highly recommend it.
I took a 3 hour in-person class on pet CPR and first aid through an independent LLC, who is commissioned through the American Safety and Health Institute. Through the website you can find a local training center or instructor, so you too can become certified!
Examples of important crisis situations I learned to deal with:
- loss of breath and consciousness
- minor to severe wounds
- broken bones
- bullets or arrows lodged into an animal
- head, neck and back injuries
- allergic reactions
Needless to say, I feel very confident in my ability to save the life of one of my animals, or someone else’s in a crisis situation. I’ve even been stopped by a random person in a need of assistance with their dog at a park, and I was able to help out immediately!
In the meantime, do you have a pet first aid kit handy?! You will want to put one together in case of emergencies. Items to include are:
- gauze pads
- medical/adhesive tape
- latex gloves
- a towel/blanket
- Q-tips or cotton balls
- Benadryl (for immediate allergic reactions)
- anti-septic wipes
- saline solution
These are some basic essentials for a first aid kit. There are several other items you can include. View a complete list here.
Have you ever had to perform CPR on an animal or human? What was your experience? Also, do you have a first aid kit handy? I have about 5 around my house alone just in case!