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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #035 - Pet Emergency
February 15, 2009
Save your dog's life with dog first aid!
Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.
You want only the best for your dog, just like you want the best for every member of your family. This newsletter has the information and resources you need to give your dog the best -- the best of health, the best of safety, the best of lifelong well being.
With some prevention and some planning, you can keep your dog healthy and safe, for years to come.
If you find this newsletter useful, please do a friend and us a big favor and "pay it forward." Forward this issue to all the dog lovers you know. Dogs everywhere will thank you for it!
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I was driving down my street when I saw an older couple standing by the side of the road looking at a dog that had been hit.
I stopped to see if I could help, and they told me someone had hit the dog and kept going.
Even though they wanted to help, they clearly had no idea what to do and asked me if they should call 911.
Since the dog was in pretty bad shape, I scooped him up, explaining that 911 wouldn’t come for him, and took him to the shelter.
The thing is, there is no 911 for pets, so we, as pet owners, have the responsibility to do what we can to make sure we’re equipped to handle emergencies.
So, this is intended to encouraged pet owners to learn pet first aid so they can be better prepared to take care of their pets during emergencies.
Whatever the emergency - a small cut on a dog’s paw or a full-blown life threatening situation such as a pet needing rescue breathing or CPR - being prepared can increase your pet’s chances of survival.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, one in four more pets would survive an emergency if a first aid technique was applied.
That’s twenty-five percent!
Those are good enough odds for me to make learning pet first aid well worth my time.
When I was a kid I learned pet first aid…and had to use it to save my dog’s life.
A pet sitter I know had to use one of the skills she learned.
She went on a pet sitting visit to care for a dog and when she got there, he had a broken leg…she thinks he broke it trying to get out of his kennel.
Since we covered bone fractures in class, the pet sitter remembered what we covered, splinted the leg, and got the dog to the vet.
The dog recovered, but the fact that she went through the first aid class helped her get the dog to the vet without causing additional damage to the his broken bone.
If you’ve never taken a pet first aid class, there’s no better time to take one.
With the summer coming up, many of us spend more time outside with our dogs and cats, which means a potential for broken bones, insect stings, snakebites, and more.
Being prepared to handle unexpected emergencies can be a huge gift for you and your pet.
Pet first aid is one of those things that may not show it’s value until you use it, and then it can literally save a life.
One emergency is all it takes!
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