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Pet first aid class in Georgetown

by Therese on April 28, 2008

in Cats, Dogs, Pet First Aid, Pet Health

I taught a pet first aid class yesterday at the Tail Waggins Dog Bakery in Georgetown, TX. Every time I teach a class I hear stories of emergencies people have had with their pets. And quite often, whether their pet survives or not, the fear they remember from that emergency is what prompts them to take a pet first aid class.

We spent a good amount of time talking about choking yesterday, because of the eleven people in the class, four of them had recently been faced with an emergency in which their dogs choked on something. Not fun! Thankfully though, all of the dogs survived – one required emergency surgery to remove the bone she’s been chewing on and has some minor permanent damage, but she’s going to be ok. Each of the dog owners were pretty shaken up by the whole ordeal though, and decided they’d better find a pet first aid class. They wanted to be better prepared for any other emergencies that may come up in the future.

One woman told about a dog she had that died in her arms. This dog didn’t choke but she still wonders if she could have saved him if she’d known first aid. Sadly, that pet is gone and there’s no way to know what might have been. In the future though, since she’s taken the Pet Tech first aid class the woman will be better able to handle a pet emergency with the dogs she currently shares her life with.

I had a great time with the people in the class yesterday. Most of them were already taking steps to protect their pets to avoid emergencies, but were also eager to learn some first aid techniques. I hope they never have to use what they learned, but I think their cats and dogs will have a better chance if something does happen!

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Fuzzy Logic April 28, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Shel and I took a first aid course a few years ago. It prompted us to buy a muzzle because it never occurred to us that our dog might bite us if seriously injured.

I hope I never have to use what I’ve learned… when Targ was a puppy, he was gleefully swallowing the feet off a stuffed centepede… I’m sure he’s glad I have small hands, because my whole hand went down his throat and pulled that foot right out!

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Therese April 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm

A muzzle is a must have for a first aid kit…glad you got one! One of the things we teach in the class is that any pet that is pain or is going to be moved into pain, can and will bite. We also teach people how to make a muzzle out of a long strip of cloth. The bite reaction is nothing personal – it’s just a reaction.

Thank goodness you got that thing out of Targ’s mouth before he had major problems! 🙂

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