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How to Save a Dog in an Emergency

What to do in a dog emergency

Do you know what to do in the event of an emergency with your dog? One of the worst things that has ever happened to me occurred with my first Cocker Spaniel. She was eating a bully stick and started to choke. I knew she had likely broken a piece off and it lodged somewhere in the back of her throat or down her throat. She started to panic and tried to breathe, but she was gasping. I tried to recall the Heimlich maneuver I learned from a first aid class I took years before, and the first thing they told us was to look into the mouth for anything obstructing the airway. By the grace of Dog and God, I saw a piece of treat lodged in the back of her throat. I have no idea how my fingers reached so far back, but I did and gently pulled the bully stick piece from her throat. I started crying and hugging my dog. I never ever want to go through that again.

I started doing research this year to see if there were any online resources that I could utilize from the comfort of home and stay current on pet first aid. I wanted to learn more and really know what to do in the event of an emergency. I crossed paths with the founder of the Pet First Aid Distance Learning Program from Walks ‘N’ Wags First Aid Twitter chat. Their instructors teach the Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid program in many different Canadian cities with expansion into the United States. Lisa Wagner is the Owner and Operations Director of Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid, and lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband, two children, dog Tux and cats Kitty & Kermit. There is also a distance learning program available, and that is a program I plan to embrace in the new year. This is a program we highly recommend pet parents take.

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We encourage you to sign up for the Walks ‘N’ Wags Distance Learning First Aid course. Note that although you have a year to complete the course, most folks end up taking it in 12-20 hours. It is self paced, and we are very excited to begin. The prices are affordable, and we like the idea of doing this program at our own pace.

Cwalks n wags pet first aid careall this phone number for Customer Service and to register: 1-800-298-1152.

Tell the operator that you want to use code “FIDOSE OF REALITY” and you will receive 15% off distance learning until October 31, 2015.

You also get free email and phone support with a live tutor in case you get stuck on anything or have questions, so you are not left on your own for this program. It makes a great, thoughtful holiday gift to give to a pet parent, too.

Keep in mind that while a veterinary emergency facility is ideal, when seconds count, as my situation with the choking dog did above, there is no time to get in the car and race somewhere. Take this short dog true or false health quiz and see how much you currently know about dog health and emergent care. Answers are at the end.

(1) Ringworm is a worm that can be transmitted from dogs to humans.

(2) A yawning dog means he or she is tired and needs a nap.

(3) A dog’s normal body temperature ranges between 99.5 to 103.1 Fahrenheit.

(4)  A sure fire way to get your dog to take medication is to grind it up in his food.

(5) The location of a dog’s heart in order to perform CPR is generally between the 1st and 2nd rib space.

The Distance Learning course materials include:

The course applicable to both dog AND cat owners and is internationally recognized. Most of all, it gives you peace of mind knowing that you have the skills to help your dog or cat in an emergency. What I love about this program is its real life practicality. You will actually be working on your dog. In the first aid class I took in person, which was a half day class, we worked on a stuffed animal dog. This is not the case with the Walks ‘N’ Wags Distance Learning First Aid .

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“Can I have a cookie for being a good boy at the vet?”

Have you ever taken a first aid class for pets? If you are looking to gift yourself this holiday season by protecting your most valuable asset, your dog(s), check this program out. The 15 percent off Fidose of Reality discount code expires at the end of October, 2015.

Here are the answers to the true or false questions:

(1) False. Ringworm is not a worm but is a fungus that causes skin disease. The second part is true, though: It can be transmitted to humans. Veterinary care is needed.

(2) False sometimes. Yes, dogs yawn when tired, but they also yawn when nervous or apprehensive. Dogs may growl or bite.

(3) True. Do you know how to take a dog’s rectal temperature? Walks and Wags teaches you.

(4) False sometimes. Though pills can be ground up sometimes (certain medications should never be crushed), a dog who does not eat all of his food means all of the pill is not taken.

(5) False. The location of the heart in a dog is generally between the 3rd and 5th rib space.

Note: We were not compensated to share this with you. We believe in sharing health and wellness news to help dog lovers of the highest order.

Comments

  1. M. K. Clinton says

    This sounds like a great course to have under your belt…ummm, collar! I have had to use the Heimlich Maneuver on my Golden Retriever. This is one reason that my boys never get rawhide treats.

  2. LauraOinAK says

    I trained years ago to teach Pet first aid with the American Red Cross. What surprised me is that so few pet owners were interested in knowing what to do in an emergency. I guess it is easier to think it will never happen to you.

  3. Jessica Harlow says

    This is good information to have at the ready. We’ve been luck with our furry family members in terms of emergencies, but it’s smart to be prepared, just in case!

  4. Rosey says

    We’ve had a dog start to choke too, on a rawhide bone…years and years ago. It was definitely not a fun experience and i still remember it many years later. Thankfully there was a happy ending, my mom dislodged the rawhide.

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