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Veterinarian and author, Bobbie Mammato, DVM, MPH is an emergency/ 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. The Red Cross book she reviews below has been lauded across the country by top veterinarians.
Pet First Aid - Cats and Dogs
The American Red Cross, in cooperation with The Humane Society of the United States, has published a very useful handbook for pet owners on first aid care in dogs and cats.
The author, Bobbie Mammato, DVM, MPH is an emergency/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.
One of the first things that struck me about this book is the illustration work. The simple line drawings are expertly drawn to help with the textual description and to make a point. The book is spiral-bound, making it easy to open to a page, and have it stay open. This is important in an emergency situation.
Information is well organized, covering everything from the basics of 'how to approach a sick or injured dog or cat' to CPR, to how to build your own first aid kit. You will find a wealth of great information in between, too! Learn what is normal for your pet, how to administer various medications, how to recognize an emergency, and what dehydration looks like.
The main body of the book deals with common health problems and emergencies, and offers solid advice for taking care of your pet until a veterinarian can be seen. Smoke inhalation, collapse, lacerations, diabetic emergencies, and heat stoke are just a few of the emergency situations covered in this book. For each emergency or situation, you will learn about possible causes, the signs that the animal may be showing, first aid that should be administered until you can see your vet, any relevant tips*, and how to prevent the situation from happening.
A small section on tips for owning a healthy dog and cat concludes the book -- choosing your pet, providing daily care, traveling, and even a brief section on when to say good-bye.
I recommend this book to any pet owner, and would advise reading it thoroughly, prior to any emergency! The solid information presented here will alert pet owners to potential hazards, and may help save a pet's life should an emergency occur.
This book is attractively priced and well worth the cost. Proceeds of this book also support The American Red Cross and The Humane Society of The United States, there are two more reasons that this is a great buy for pet owners.
* For example, in the Car Accident Emergencies section - the tip relates to safer car travel when in pet carriers or special safety harnesses for dogs.
Emergency Kit for Cats An emergency kit is a "must-have" to stabilize your cat before taking her to the veterinarian, or in case of a disaster.
Assembling a First Aid Kit for Dogs - List of supplies
First Aid Tips for Pets
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Handling an Injured Animal
Vital Statistics: Pulse and Heart Rate
Cats: 150-200 bpm
Checking the pulse
Basic First Aid Procedures
If Bleeding (external)
If Bleeding (internal)
If your animal is injured, you must restrain him/her for your safety as well as your pet's. Muzzle your pet to restrain it unless it is unconscious, has difficulty breathing or has a mouth injury.
Basic First Aid Procedures
Restrain bird by wrapping in a towel or sock, leaving leg exposed.
Carefully wrap bird in towel, gently folding his/her wings against the body. Keep your hands out of the way of the beak.
Wrap the animal in a towel or rag, gently folding his/her legs against the body.
Get your copy of Pet First Aid today. It may be the most important purchase you can make for your pet. The purchase of this guide book helps support the disaster relief efforts of the Red Cross in your neighborhood.
Dog owners can treat minor injuries for their pets if they have the appropriate remedies, tools, and equipment available. The following items were included in a first aid kit that the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association gave to police dog handlers at a recent workshop. A home first aid kit needs many of the same items.
Other suggested items were: