Pet First Aid
What Is Pet First Aid? What happens if a dog slices their paw while out on a walk with you? What do you do if you arrive for a visit and find a client's cat panting? What are the first steps you can or should take? Where can you learn about those steps? Why are they even important? Pet First Aid, similar to human first aid, is all about learning basic medical care and actions for different varieties of pets in your care and the various emergencies or medical issues you might encounter. The more prepared you are, the better the outcome.
Why Is Pet First Aid Important? Pet First Aid is important because it prepares the pet care provider for all sorts of medical emergencies. While many emergencies will need professional medical attention, there are some things that can be done to make the pet more comfortable and safe while waiting for medical care or while caring for the pet. Being trained in Pet First Aid is also important for building trust with your clients while their pets are in your care.
Where Can I Learn About Pet First Aid? There are lots of places and ways to learn about Pet First Aid! In the digital age, there are a few online certifications and classes available such as the American Red Cross and PetTech. Pet First Aid classes are often available locally as well. Another great place to ask about courses or certifications is from your local Veterinarian.
Who Needs To Learn First Aid? Anyone who cares for pets should learn Pet First Aid, but it's vital for you, the pet care provider, to be knowledgeable in it as you'll be the first in line to assist when caring for your client's pets. If you are a business owner, your employees should also be trained in Pet First Aid, so they are prepared in an emergency.
In Conclusion While we truly hope you're never in a position to need to perform Pet First Aid, it's always best to know how to in case of emergency.