Pet First Aid: Keep Your Pet Safe
If an emergency medical situation, knowing how to react correctly can mean the difference between life and death. Many of us have taken some first aid training at some point in our lives, whether for school or work, and these skills may prove invaluable if something ever happens to a human you love. However, it’s not just humans we love. The cats and dogs that we live with aren’t just our pets; they’re our companions, members of the family. And like the rest of the members of your family, bad things can happen to them.
Pets require a very different type of first aid than humans. They have very different body physiologies, meaning that what would be a life-saving measure for a human could actually cause further injury to the animal. Furthermore, an injured pet may be very difficult to manage when compared to a human being. An injury is an incredibly stressful experience for the best of us, and your pet doesn’t understand that their actions may further the injury.
Our Pet First Aid Course
This is why Bakersfield CPR Plus now offers a special Pet First Aid course. Like the rest of our first aid courses, this animal focused course will teach you the skills to respond correctly in an emergency. We can’t teach you all the skills required to take care of your pet – veterinary medicine is one of the most complex, intensive forms of medicine there is, and veterinarians go to school for years – but by learning these basic skills, we hope to give you the ability and the confidence to be the first line of defense for your pet if anything goes wrong.
This kind of early response can make all the difference when something goes wrong. Not only could it save your cat or dog’s life, but it can have other long-term effects. While you may not be able to fully treat the injury, you can stabilize the pet and reduce their suffering. We’ll treat you how to care for your pet until it can make it to the veterinarian. This could ultimately save the pet from further injury, speed up recovery time, and reduce the long-term effects of the injury. It can be the difference between a short recovery and a long one, or a short-term injury and a permanent disability. And most of it can be done with only your body and what you have around the home.