Just how common are pet emergencies?
The question I get asked most often is how common is it for a pet to have a medical emergency? The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 92% of all pets will experience a medical emergency during their lifetime. Granted, not all of these emergencies will warrant the need for CPR, but many could become a life or death situation if not handled properly.
Ask yourself if you would know what to do in the following situations:
- While at the dog park, another dog bites your dog and draws blood.
- You get home from work to find your cat has knocked over the trash can, rummaged through the contents of the trash, and is now acting very lethargic.
- Your dog is chewing on his favorite toy. The next thing you know, you notice the toy is no longer in sight and your dog is gasping for air.
- During a high-speed chase around the house, one of your cats falls off the book shelf and lands with a thud. You notice your cat is not moving and her leg is bent at an unnatural angle.
- On your afternoon walk, your dog quickly yelps in pain but then seems fine. Minutes later, you notice his nose is starting to swell.
- Your cat gets down from sitting on your lap and starts convulsing.
If you would not know how to handle any of the above situations, seriously consider taking a pet CPR and first aid class. Your pet will thank you when you can confidently and efficiently handle the unexpected.