Thank a Veterinarian – They Won’t Expect It!

by DFS-Pet-Blog on May 17, 2011

**Guest Post From Janet S.**

National EMS Week 2011 Occurs May 15th thru May 18th. Its intent is to “bring together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s ‘front line’.”

Pet Education

Often we think of saving people, but we forget about our pets. Here at Drs. Foster & Smith, we care about BOTH our fellow employees and our pets. We have a wonderful resource in our Pet Education website that our staff veterinarians write and maintain. I am constantly amazed how much information I can find there! Back in 2010, Mi wrote an excellent post about the Pet Education site and everything in it. Please check it out to learn about the site.

Dog First Aid Books

Did you also know that most local Red Cross groups have Pet First Aid instructors and offer Dog and Cat First Aid courses? These are intended to teach you how to handle a unexpected emergency until you can get your pet to a veterinarian. I can tell you from experience that it is a fun class to teach, and I hope just as beneficial for the students. I have had students from all different backgrounds, different ages, and gender in the course. Hunters have taken it to know what to do if their dog is poked in the eye by a tree branch or caught on an expected wire fence. Regular pet owners take it to gain more knowledge on basic first aid for their pet with a seizure. Veterinary technicians have taken it for the CPR skills.

In many areas, there are organizations that offer First Aid training for pets and other training courses. It never hurts to have a basic understanding of what to do in an emergency!

Pet First Aid

For our employees and customers here at Drs. Foster & Smith, we have four AED (Automated External Defibrillators) in our facility and each year we train and recertify a group of employees in CPR and AED skills along with some Basic First Aid. We just recently completed our annual recertification and practice. We are proud to have owners that care about their employees and customers enough to provide equipment and training for emergencies.

So, as we celebrate National EMS Week, thank a local firefighter or EMT for helping protect your community, but also thank your local veterinarian for being your pet’s emergency caregiver.

I can bet they won’t expect it or realize it is National EMS Week!

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Shannon's Pet-Sitting May 31, 2011 at 8:21 am

I am very proud to be a First Aid & CPR certified pet sitter!! The one thing that kind of makes me sad is a lot of people are interested in taking the courses but when they hear the prices they say it’s too expensive. It makes my heart sink. Really?! Can you put a price on saving a pets life?! I did some research into the Red Cross CRP training & even spoke with a representative at a local pet expo but have yet to find a Red Cross certified trainer in the NW Suburbs of Chicago.
The company I find in the area most often is PetTech. http://www.pettech.net/
I received my training through them & was extremely pleased with it. I have had friends & business associates try other companies who claim to train in CPR. However they are put in front of a TV to watch a movies & read to out of a book in a 2 hour class. PetTech has 4- 8 hour classes with hand on exercises, some videos, class discussions and interaction. You get what you pay for & your certification is good for 2 years. I wish more pet owners & pet professionals would get certified.
AEDs are an awesome resource!! I’ve heard of them saving many lives. I’m hoping to see more of them world wide in public places to save more lives of both the human & animal kind!
There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to save an person or animals life.

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