None of us ever want to witness a medical emergency first hand, yet we all know it is not only wise, but necessary to be prepared. We learn basic first aid, and some will even learn CPR because you just never know when you might suddenly be called upon to save another person’s life. While most are concerned with being prepared for emergencies that involve people, there is one area that may not receive very much consideration: What about emergencies with our pets?
There are thousands of pet owners in our country. Many people care for their pet as a special member of their family, yet how many would actually know how to save their pet in a medical emergency? Just as many human health crises require immediate medical attention, situations can arise with a pet in which the first moments could mean life or death.
Some people who have learned how to perform CPR on a patient may feel they have the knowledge they would need to perform the same treatment on an animal, but this would not necessarily be the case. Pets such as dogs, and especially puppies, would certainly require slightly different care.
In general, those of us who own pets love them and want to take care of them to the best of our ability. Wouldn’t it be worth the little extra time it would take to educate ourselves on how to possibly save their life?
Via Carrington College’s Veterinary Program