It seemed like the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday morning. I’d read all the James Herriot books at least once. ER was my favorite TV show and lastly, my Dad was a doctor. An Animal First Aid Class seemed appropriate. And it was. I attended the First Aid for Cats and Dogs class at the Dunwoody Library on October 17th.
Our Christopher Walken look-a-like instructor (John McCarren from Paw Paws Pet Sitting Service) showed us the basics of pet first aid. We learned everything from the infamous Mouth to Muzzle breathing technique (on a dog replica that came with a heart beat and pulse to show you if you were doing the technique right). We learned to use an old credit card to scrape out stingers and to carry a dog to the car rather than have him walk, if a snake bit him. We learned how to perform CPR, how to stop bleeding, how to strap a dog to a backboard if his back was broken and my favorite–the doggy Heimlich manuever.
I came home from class and my dog, Sammy, knew he was safer or at least he let me take his pulse and shake on it. If you missed this event, don’t worry–you could check out Emergency care for cats and dogs : first aid for your pet by Craton Burkholder. Also, there are many other educational programs at the library.