The American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter will host a Pet First Aid Course at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, located on 86 West Gilbert Street in Tinton Falls, NJ, on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Just like with people, accidents and emergencies can happen to animals so being prepared could make a lifesaving difference. The cost per student is $70 and registration is requested online at www.redcross.org or by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS.
Participants will learn how to respond to health emergencies and provide basic first aid for their four-legged family members. Practice and preparation will help owners to remain calm and effective in an emergency, protecting the owner and his or her animal from further injury or suffering.
The curriculum covered in the three-hour Pet First Aid Course includes:
• Understanding basic pet owner responsibilities.
• Administering medicine.
• Managing breathing and cardiac emergencies.
• Managing urgent care situation.
Every participant will receive a complimentary book and dvd. The illustrated "Dog First Aid" and "Cat First Aid" books outline symptoms and procedures for common ailments and emergencies. The author, Bobbie Mammato, DVM, MPH, is an emergency and critical care veterinarian who also has a Masters in Public Health. In addition to her duties as a part-time small animal practitioner, she is a disaster relief consultant to The Humane Society of the United States.