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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 1:37 pm

Would you know what to do if your pet was choking or needed first aid due to an injury? What if you suspected poisoning? Would your groomer, dog walker kennel worker or pet sitter know what to do? People that take care of our children are required to be certified in CPR and first aid. Anyone that takes care of your furry four-legged children should be certified, but are they?

As a pet owner or a pet professional, being prepared for an emergency and quick action can mean the difference between life and death for your best friend before you ever get to your veterinarian’s office. According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) one out of four more pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care.

If you know just a few life saving techniques, you can save the life of your beloved pet. Just applying pressure to a bleeding wound, stabilizing a broken leg, or opening the airway can make all the difference.

With summer heat just days away, now is the time to get prepared. If your pet fell into the pool and was unresponsive would you know what to do? If your pet’s feet were burned due to walking on the hot pavement, would you know what to do? Taking a pet CPR and first aid class will give you the tools to help your pet. You would learn healthy living, priorities and concerns of emergency situations, restraining and muzzling, primary pet assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, bleeding, seizures, shock and fractures, poisoning, heat and cold injuries, insect bites and stings, snakebites, snout to tail assessment, choking, vitals, making a pet first aid and emergency preparedness kit and dental care.

The next PetSaver and Pet Tech instructor seminar in Ahwatukee is May 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Malinda Malone is the owner of Malinda’s Pampered Pets in Ahwatukee Foothills, 4302 E. Ray Road. Contact her at (480) 753-5766, malindaspamperedpets@gmail.com or www.malindaspamperedpets.com.

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