Do you know what to do if your cat gets injured? What if he/she suddenly becomes ill? It is really scary when you are faced with a veterinary medical emergency that you don’t know how to handle. Pro Pet Hero is making these pet emergencies a little less panic-provoking for cat and dog owners by offering a helpful online pet first aid course.
A Terrifying Moment: Obi-Wan’s Injury
The first pet that owned me as an adult was a cat named Obi-Wan. He came to Dave and me as a high energy 1.5-year-old from a friend of a friend. We should have renamed Obi-Wan as “Trouble” because he could make mischief out of any activity.
It would have been very helpful to have known pet first aid when I had Obi-Wan. There was a night gave Dave and me quite the scare and sent us rushing to the emergency vet. As usual, Obi-Wan was playing in the living room while we were watching tv. We had a couch that had recliners at either end. When Dave put his recliner up, we heard a yelp. I knew it was Obi and immediately went searching for him.
We had a couch that had recliners at either end. When Dave put his recliner up, we heard a yelp. I knew it was Obi and immediately went searching for him. I found Obi under Dave’s recliner with his paw stuck in the chair’s mechanics. My heart started pounding as we desperately looked for a way to release him carefully.
Then there was blood. I saw a few drops of blood fall to the floor as Obi moaned and continued trying to pull his foot from the chair. I was in full panic mode. Dave was too. He was ready to hack that couch apart with a saw when I figured out how to get Obi’s paw out.
I was shaking so hard that I could barely dial the number to the emergency vet (it was near midnight). I actually had to redial a few times because my fingers kept hitting the wrong numbers. Obi ran to hide in our closet and Dave went after him to put him in the carrier.
To make a long story short, Obi was fine. He was bleeding because his nail was cut off past the quick when his paw was released from the recliner. All he needed was some ointment and a bandage.
How Pet First Aid Training Could Have Helped Me
What would knowing pet first aid have done for me in this situation? It would have given me the information I needed to calmly assess the situation and give Obi the help he needed before we got to the vet. When I called the emergency vet, I could barely talk, none-the-less explain what was happening. All I could tell them was that he got caught in a recliner and that he was bleeding from his foot. Pet first aid training would have helped me to know some basic problems to look for so that I could give the veterinarian a clear understanding of my situation. In this case, I may have discovered the broken nail.
Pet first aid training would have helped me to know some basic problems to look for so that I could give the veterinarian a clear understanding of my situation. In this case, I may have discovered the broken nail. Had I seen that and understood how breaking the past the quick affects a cat, I could have helped stop the bleeding then and there.
It is possible that pet first aid could have saved me some money too. With this clearer description of the problem, the emergency veterinarian could have advised about whether or not I really needed to take Obi to the emergency vet. Being able to wait until morning and see our regular veterinarian would have been a lot more cost effective!
Pro Pet Hero
Pro Pet Hero has a series of online pet first aid trainings from the creators of ProTrainings. This course is designed to help cat and dog owners (as well as pet professionals) to know what to do if their pet has a sudden illness or accident. Topics offered by Pro Pet Hero include:
- Dog CPR
- Preparing a First Aid Kit
- Pet Poisonings
- Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Itching and Scratching
These easy-to-understand trainings are taught by Dr. Bobbin Conner, DVM. Dr. Conner is passionate about the health and well-being of small animals. She is a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Critical Care ad the University of Florida and she is certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC).
Pro Pet Hero’s pet first aid course fits into your schedule rather than the other way around! You can view the trainings when you are ready and rewatch them when you need to be refreshed on a subject. Since the trainings are accredited by several governing authorities, you may even be able to earn continuing education credits for taking them.
You can learn more about Pro Pet Hero and sign up for pet first aid trainings on their website. You can view a sample course by going to PetProHero.com and clicking on the “Videos” tab. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay up to date on all of their course offerings!
Sample Dog (and Cat) CPR Training
The Giveaway That Could Save Your Pet’s Life
Pro Pet Hero is so passionate about saving pet’s lives, that they have agreed to allow us to give away a free pet first aid training course to three (3) of our readers! This giveaway is open worldwide, but keep in mind that the training videos are in English.
Entries can be received from Tuesday, June 7, 2016, until Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 11:59 PM (EST). Winners can be from any country, but must be at least 18 years of age. A winner will be randomly selected within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway and notified by email. If the winner does not respond to the notification email within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!