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CPR could save a pet's life
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Posted: 2007 Mar 02 - 02:58

When did you attend your last CPR class? Did you know you could attend a CPR class for pets?

Here are some scenarios you and your pet could find yourselves in and reasons why you might want to learn pet CPR: drowning, fight by wild life, fall from a staircase, sofa, bed, etc., head injury, or hit by car or fallen debris.

Always use caution when you approach any injured animal. Even your own pet might be under so much stress that it will bite or scratch you.

A pet CPR class will teach you how to handle pet emergencies. You will learn how to find a pet's pulse, how to listen for the heartbeat and signs of alertness you need to look for before you try pet CPR.

Depending on the size of your pet, you need to know how many compressions on the heart are needed for each blow of air through the pet's nose. You will learn what to do, before during and after a hurricane with your pet in class.

A slide show will illuminate pets' bodies and internal organs. A dummy dog will be used to make sure you learn the right steps to save a pet.

Canine college will offer a pet CPR class once a month from now through July. The cost will be $15 to make sure that we reach as many people as possible. The more people who are able to perform pet CPR the better the chances to help injured pets after a hurricane or in daily life.

Please join a pet CPR class before hurricane season starts. Classes are also offered by the Red Cross and sometimes by local veterinarian offices.

For more information or to sign up please call Canine College at (561) 626-0552. Our next class will be on March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Birgit Edler is the owner of Canine College in Juno Beach, which offers grooming, training and day care services for dogs and cats. Call (561) 626-0552 or e-mail Caninecollegefl@yahoo.com.

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