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Why Those Who Work With Dogs Should Learn Dog CPR

Pet CPRDogs are beloved pets in millions of homes. Billions of dollars are spent annually on pet care products. Dogs have been loyal companions to human beings for thousands of years. In fact, no other species on the planet has adapted to living with people as well as dogs have. Many dog owners think of their pets as children. Just as parents would want to be prepared to help their children in an emergency, those who work with dogs can learn CPR to be ready to help their furry friends.

For those who know human CPR, the methods and anatomical landmarks for performing the procedure on dogs are different. Chest compressions are performed at a specific spot with the dog lying on his right side. Rescue breathing is performed with mouth to nose on larger dogs, and mouth over mouth and nose on smaller dogs. Those who love dogs usually have no compunctions against face to muzzle contact to perform rescue breathing. The only thing preventing proper CPR on a dog is training.

Someone interested in learning the basics of dog CPR could study online materials. However, getting proper certification exposes a student to a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the proper way to perform dog CPR that goes beyond what can be learned online alone. Classroom training offers the opportunity to practice on a dog CPR mannequin just like one would practice on a human mannequin to get certification.

All dog owners as well as anyone who works with dogs on a regular basis should learn how to perform canine cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dog walkers, pet sitters, volunteers at animal shelters, firefighters, police dog handlers, K-9 rescue handlers, waterfowl hunters who hunt with dogs and farm workers who work with dogs are just a sampling of the many who could benefit by knowing dog CPR. Dogs who do high risk work are even more susceptible to injury that may require CPR intervention someday.

Anyone entrusted with the care of another person’s beloved pet dog should know basic first aid and CPR to be able to do whatever is possible to save an injured or sick dog’s life. The passing of any beloved pet is a horrible grief for someone who loves animals to endure. The knowledge that some simple training may have prevented the loss would be unbearable. Get dog CPR training certification to have the skills that can be used to help save a life.

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Pet CPR: A Responsibility for Every Life

As I previously discussed in the post about Pet CPR for dogs, the lives of the dogs in our families are just as important as any human we love. Having the ability to protect that life in the event of an emergency should be a skill that anyone who loves their dog or works with dogs on a daily basis should possess.

CPR is a life-saving skill that applies to dogs as well as humans. Attaining proper training in this procedure for our furry canine friends can prevent a needless loss of life in many situations. Certification courses in the procedures for dog CPR offer the opportunity to work with canine mannequins and acquire valuable information about maintaining total canine health. This type of in-depth information is generally not available through sources which are offering internet training courses.

Humans who work with dogs in high-risk situations benefit the most from CPR training. They are also in the best position to reduce injury and the loss of life for dogs that work to assist in maintaining the safety of a community. The trainers of fire dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, and seeing-eye dogs all consider this skill to be critical.

CPR courses are offered by institutions large and small. Local organizations such as First Aid for Paws and LearnpetCPR.com provide live classes and resources to locate live classes in your area. The Red Cross is the largest institution to offer training in this area nationwide.

Courses are generally offered in single sessions which can last anywhere from 4 to 7 hours. The cost of classes generally ranges between $60 and $80. These classes cover many more skills in addition to CPR. The majority of courses also provide information on dental care, emergency care, caring for a senior pet, and general first aid. Participants are provided with handbooks that review the information discussed in class as well. Completion of the course will certify the student in pet CPR for 2 years in most states. Classes are comprised of lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on applications of skills.

If you are working with dogs on a daily basis, it’s important for you to know Pet CPR. Not only is a certificate a good marketing tool for your dog walking business, but it can help save the life of someone else’s best friend.

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