The following article
is a guest post in honor of National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. It was written
by Melanie Monteiro, a pet first aid instructor, dog safety consultant, and
author of The Safe Dog Handbook: A
Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out.
In an era when there's a national day, week, or month for
almost everything, it's understandable that this announcement lacks the punch
of, say, National Orgasm Month, National Chocolate Soufflé Month, or National "You
Won the Mega Jackpot" Month.
To many people, first aid for animals is just not a very
That is, until your dog or cat suddenly begins choking on a
toy. Or is hit by a car, suffers a near drowning accident, or ingests one of
the countless pet toxins found in the average home—from grapes to azaleas to
acetaminophen to anything sweetened with xylitol. The fact is, animals are surrounded by
hazards, and these hazards sometimes lead to serious accidents.
Are these terrible things likely to happen? Thankfully, the odds are in your favor that they
won't. But I can assure you that anyone whose cat or dog has suffered a
life-threatening accident no longer cares about odds.
What you do (or don't do) in the first moments following an
accident can often be the difference between life and death. One such example
is with choking. If your pet's airway is completely obstructed by an object,
there will be no time to go to the veterinarian for help—you need to take
immediate action. This video demonstrates a few lifesaving skills for choking
Learning pet first aid not only can save your companion's
life in an emergency but also will make you a more relaxed and confident
guardian. In addition, also it can help you spot less obvious health issues by educating
you on warning signs as well as providing information on animals' normal vital
Here's what you need to do:
Preparing yourself for an emergency is a lot less daunting
than it may seem. Put aside one day in your life for your pet's sake. Then you
can relax and enjoy all the other national holidays to come.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.