Our Paws For Life USA Pet First Aid/CPR Courses are quickly approaching and we need to get a head count for those who are wanting to attend for the remainder of the 2020 year. Due to Covid 19 we are limiting seating to 4 people with their dogs per day on a first come first serve basis.
We are offering the course on the following days, you only have to sign up for one day:
Saturday November 7, 11:30 am – 4 pm
Sunday November 8, 12 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday December 5, 11:30 am – 4 pm
Sunday December 6, 12 pm – 4:30 pm
NON Members $80.00
What This Course Will Provide
Of course we all hope that our family members never suffer any injuries or major
illnesses, but if the unpredictable happens, being prepared can sometimes help to ensure a
positive outcome. By the end of this course, you will be better able to identify the signs of a
life-threatening emergency, be able to quickly create a plan for when a pet emergency
occurs, and know some basic skills for limiting damage or starting treatments for some
common emergencies in dogs and cats.
You will be able to create a first aid and disaster preparedness kit and how to use
some of the important components of a kit. You will be able to recognize some common
signs of illness in your pet and how urgently these should be assessed by your veterinarian.
You will learn some basic skills on handling respiratory emergencies, or injuries such as
fractures or bleeding wounds. You will be able to describe several of the common toxins
dogs and cats may become exposed to and the initial steps for decontamination. Snakebites
or insect bites will no longer cause you to panic, and you will be able to remain calm when
faced with a minor allergic reaction. Finally, if the worst case scenario occurs, you will
learn the basic steps to performing effective CPR in a dog or cat.
What This Course Will Not Provide
Prompt and effective first aid can sometimes replace the need for veterinary care,
however in most situations described in this course, first aid is the initial care you can
provide for your pet until you can take her to a veterinarian for definitive care. If there is
ever any question about whether or not you can manage an injury on your own, you should
always seek the advice of your family veterinarian or an emergency veterinary facility.
There are a number of resources that are available to you that should be on hand when
you have doubt about the best course of action.
• First Aid & Disaster Preparedness
• General Health Tips (Recognizing normal & abnormal, Understanding vital signs & how to measure them, Heart rate, Gum color, Breathing rate & quality, Temperature, Normal behaviors.)
• General Malaise (Vomiting & diarrhea, Loss of appetite, Lethargy, Weakness or collapse, Seizures.)
• Respiratory System Emergencies (Choking, Near-drowning, Breathing problems/respiratory distress)
• Injury Care (Shock, Bleeding, Lameness, Burns, Suspected Fracture, etc.)
• Poisonings (Recognizing intoxication, Common toxins, Emergency decontamination, snake & spider bites)
• Allergic Reactions (Recognizing an allergic reaction, Anaphylaxis, General Allergies)
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (Recognizing severe illness or injury early, Recognizing the signs of cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA), Chest compressions, Rescue Breathing, When to stop CPR efforts, Preparing for pet loss & the grieving process)