If you know me, met me in passing, or had a brief conversation with me, there is a very high probability that we chatted about Pet First Aid. Having the knowledge and confidence from being Pet First Aid certified has aided in both my personal and professional life many times over.
The Bulldog and The Shepherd
My first exposure to the positive impact of becoming Pet First Aid certified was years ago at the off leash dog park with dogs that were not mine. Two dogs were playing when one got over excited and playtime turned into a scuffle that needed to be broken up. Both dogs were checked over and neither seems to have any injuries - however the bulldog was not acting right. He seemed more than just a little shook up. Having just recently completed my certification, I offered to check him over and felt that both his heart rate and his breathing were very fast (faster than I what I learned to be within a normal range), and his capillary refill time was slow. I expressed that I felt he was in shock, and that she should go see her Veterinarian right away. As she lifted her dog into the car and drove away, she came back 30 seconds later - he was turning blue. A visit to the Veterinarian was in urgent need.
The Cat and The Crystals
The most terrifying situation I have ever personally been in was with my furbaby Jinx and it occurred almost 11 years ago (Although I remember it like it was yesterday). I came home early from working an overnight shift to find my cat hiding in my roommate's bedroom in her closet under a garbage bag. This was not normal behavior for him and he seemed really uncomfortable. But it was 3 AM so I played the “do I want to go to the Emergency Clinic now or wait until the morning” game. After going back and forth trying to make a decision, I decided to get him checked out. As soon as he was examined, I was told yes something was wrong; he required emergency surgery and without the surgery he would not make it through the night.
Making An Educated Decision
I am by no means a Veterinary (but I do know a very good one!), nor do I contain the knowledge that someone who goes through years and years of school would have. That being said the skills and knowledge that I do have from attending the course have made difficult decisions seem a bit easier. You can Google until the cows come home, however having basic knowledge of what normal temperature is, breath rate, pulse, identifying shock and sun stroke, bandaging injured toenails, handling heat exhaustion, and poison control is a skillset I am very grateful to have.
Pet First Aid Instructor
When the opportunity to become a Pet First Aid Instructor was brought to my attention, it was a very easy decision for me to take. There were application forms, reference checks, phone interviews, video submissions, theory tests and I am proud to say that I succeeded. Now along with other certified instructors across Canada and the United States, I get to represent a company with similar values and a determination to educate others about the importance of Pet First Aid.
Dogs will be dogs. Animals will be animals. When you love them like family you take the extra precautions to make sure you can keep them as safe as possible.
That's what safety means to me - what does it mean to you?
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