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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:00 am

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. 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.

Fortunately, for all of us there are Pet Tech PetSaver Seminars right here in Ahwatukee Foothills. A Pet Tech PetSaver Seminar is a comprehensive, hands-on program. It covers 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 class includes a handbook and upon completion of the seminar you receive a certificate that is valid for two years.

I am the course instructor here locally and I know the importance of first aid in my profession and beyond. Several years ago, I wanted to take a pet CPR/first aid class, but there were no classes of this type available locally. So I decided take the three-day certification class and started teaching PetSaver classes. I then went on to become one of only four Certified Master Pet Tech instructors in the United States and I regularly host both PetSaver Seminars and Pet Tech Instructor Seminars. Yes, you can become a Pet Tech instructor.

These seminars are at Malinda's Pampered Pets, 4302 E. Ray Road. The next PetSaver and Pet Tech Instructor Seminar is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13. The cost is $120 per person. This seminar also serves as the first of three day instructor training, through March 15. Instructor training costs $1,495 per person.

Call today for any further information or questions, (480) 753-5766.

Malinda Malone, owner of Malinda's Pampered Pets in Ahwatukee Foothills, is a longtime groomer, dedicated pet owner and Certified Master Pet Tech instructor. Reach her at (480) 753-5766 or

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