Disclosure (As required by the FTC) I was given a complimentary first aid kit from RC Pet Products. The words and opinions in this post are my own.
(Nowadays we have the knowledge and tools to provide first aid to our pets)
Several years ago I went through every dog mom's nightmare....my furkid getting hit by a car. We were actually a fair ways into the local dog park when he spotted his pal Annie way off in the distance on the other side of the busy road. (This is when his eyesight was top notch!)
Before I could stop him, he took off like a flash. With Annie's mom yelling for him to stop and me frantically doing the same, it was absolutely terrifying watching a car coming up over the road at the same time. Given the angle of the road, there was no way the driver would have seen him. He ran out, got hit and I don't remember a lot after that. My brother, who was visiting at the time, said I ran out on the road not even thinking of other cars coming. I think I had adrenaline oozing out of my ears.
This warranted an immediate trip to the vet and Oscar was very lucky indeed, as he suffered some bruising and a very deep laceration along his leg. Basically he rolled under the car's carriage. If he had been hit head on and taken the full impact of the car, he would have most likely suffered life threatening injuries or instant death.
(He seemed to be sporting a mohawk then - back in his rebel days)
Oscar healed up very nicely after weeks wearing the dreaded cone-of-shame. Along with follow-up care from the veterinarian, he eventually was as good as new. In this case I was lucky that there was a vet nearby and he was able to receive medical attention right away.
It did get me thinking though what I could how done if an immediate vet visit wasn't an option. What should we as pet parents know about administering first aid to our pets? What are the simple items and basic how-to tips that can make a huge difference to the outcome of a pet illness and mishap? There is an answer!
RC Pet Products manufacturers an excellent and affordable kit that comes with a clearly written manual for the very basics. (It is available through Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid and retailers throughout North America.)
(And importantly they do point out that the manual does NOT replace proper first aid training or full veterinary care) Some of the topics covered are:
- Vital signs
- Artificial Respiration
- Bleeding and wounds
- Poisoning and several more possible emergency situations.
- We are the longest standing Pet First Aid Program in North America (Impressive!)
- Our course caters to both dog and cat owners
- Live pets are welcome in our classes
- Distance Learning is available globally. (now that is darn cool)
I think it's wonderful that they offer a Distance Learning First Aid course for those who reside in areas where no in-person courses are available. (comes with a kit!)
GIVEAWAY TIME! (For my Canadian Readers, due to shipping)
Win your own Pet First Aid Kit! A random draw will be made January 24th! Good luck!