he American Red Cross is barking about the Dog Days of Summer campaign to promote Red Cross pet safety to help keep furry friends safe during peak summer months. Do you know how to protect your pet from the heat or what to do if your pet is hurt or chokes on a toy? It’s time you learn a new trick or two.
Pet First Aid
Last year Janelle Armstrong, a Red Cross employee at the Mid-America Blood Services Division, took the Pet First Aid course at the Omaha Heartland Red Cross Chapter in Nebraska. Her hope was that she would never have to use what she learned. Unfortunately, only three weeks ago, her Dane/Lab mix “Stormy,” became strangled on her collar while playing.
Stormy was lifeless as Janelle cut the collar from her neck, and flopped to the floor. Thanks to what Janelle learned at the Red Cross Pet First Aid class, she knew how to clear the foam from Stormy’s mouth and clear her airway. Janelle listened for breathing, and followed with deep breaths into Stormy’s nose to fill her lungs. After about 20 seconds, Stormy began breathing again on her own. Janelle quickly transported her to the emergency animal hospital. Today Stormy is doing great, and just celebrated her first birthday.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, one in four pets that died could have been saved with the use of appropriate first aid procedures. American Red Cross Pet First Aid classes give pet owners the confidence and skills necessary to tend to unexpected emergencies until they can get their pet to a veterinarian. Many Red Cross chapters across the country offer classes with hands-on training in pet first aid procedures. A list of some of these chapters can be found here.
Reference guides are also available to provide quick answers to questions about caring for family dogs. The Red Cross Dog First Aid guide can teach you how to:
Recognize an emergency;
Perform CPR and first aid;
Treat common problems and emergencies requiring immediate attention; and
Stock a pet first aid kit
This guide comes with a 30-minute DVD that features step-by-step instructions on safety procedures, disaster preparedness and dealing with medical emergencies. To order a copy of Dog First Aid, visit the Red Cross online store. Now through September 30, 2019, you can receive 10 percent off the Dog First Aid guide by entering the coupon code: WOOF. Cat First Aid guides with DVDs are also available. When you shop at the Red Cross online store, up to 15 percent of your purchase benefits your local Red Cross chapter.
The Red Cross is also encouraging dog owners to cool off during these dog days by diving into the American Red Cross Pet Photo Pool. Get your camera ready and sniff out these instructions to enter our Dog Days of Summer photo contest. Two pet owners will receive a free copy of the Dog First Aid guide and DVD.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.