It's a doggy dog world these days with hard working canines around every corner. Just like humans, a dog can put too much strain on its body from over exertion or even just choke from eating too quickly.
While there are distinct roles in a pet-owner relationship, there are unique responsibilities for a dog owner. While no law requires you to know basic life support, it's still something to take seriously. That's why we here at CPR Savers wanted to take the time to talk about the importance of CPR training for animals.
Taking a CPR class and getting your registration card may have been a cinch, but the heat of the moment can still prove to be too intense for most individuals. That being said, the idea of being prepared to perform CPR on another being that has a different anatomy from your own seems like an almost impossible task. However, like most things in life, with proper training you can imbue yourself with confidence.
By simply taking a class in animal CPR, you are helping to perpetuate the rise of saved lives.
In 2012, less than 6% of animals that experienced cardiac arrest were discharged from the hospital according to experts at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA). These experts, along with the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, got together to reassess the effectiveness of animal CPR. They developed the technique of compressions and adjusted the recommended compression rate which is projected to increase the discharge rate by 10% by 2022. 16% still isn’t good enough, but it’s a larger chance that your own dog will make it out okay. Isn’t that worth training for?
There is also the common misconception that if you have already been trained in CPR for humans, you can probably just wing it when it comes to an animal. This can be a very tragic mistake to make, as performing improper CPR on anyone, pet or not, could cause serious harm or injury to the patient. It's important to understand what correct CPR looks and feels like to avoid unnecessary damage. A cracked rib or two is usually unavoidable, but a pierced lung can be a game-ender.
Taking the class will teach you not only how to avoid such a calamity but also:
- The general anatomy of pets
- How to know when CPR is needed
- What to do in a situation when CPR is not needed
- How to bandage a paw
- How to prevent wound infection
- Do's and don'ts of animal first aid
That's a lot of learning. But you know what people love almost as much as puppies? The people who save puppies.
So now that you understand how vitally important it is to learn about animal CPR before you go out compressing collies, you need to know where to go for the class. Luckily, the Red Cross has many facilities all over the United States that supply registration classes. It's notably cheap for the registration, but costs can vary depending on your area.
If you're an animal enthusiast who has decided to do your part by handing out training, we carry CasPeR The CPR Dog on our website for basic dog CPR training. For more information on statistics and benefits of animal CPR training, visit the resources below!