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SPRING-SUMMER 2021, we are bringing to you THE TWIN TREES PET FIRST AID COURSE! This course is FREE and open to the public. We designed it for pet owners, dog walkers and pet sitters. If you pass the quiz at the end you can get a First Aid Certificate. Take notes and leave your questions and comments below 🙂 Make sure to tag a friend that needs to watch this!

Introduction

Welcome to the Twin Trees Pet First Aid Course. I’m Dr Lopez, an emergency vet. Whether you are a pet sitter, a dog walker, a new puppy owner or experienced pet owner, we hope we can find something in this course that can benefit you.

The first section is about awareness and avoidance. The most important take home point is: AVOID needing to ever use your first aid training. Know what the dangers and hazards are that face your pet, and prevent those situations from happening altogether.

The second section of our course is all about being prepared for the worst case scenario. This will include how to make a first aid kit and having an emergency plan and how to know what’s normal so that you can recognize what’s not normal.

The final section of our course is about how to make split-second decisions. How to assess the scene and how to intervene. We’ll be covering a variety of first aid scenarios. Everything from what to do if a patient is hit by a car or injects a poison to backcountry first aid. We’ll also cover common first aid procedures like wound care bandaging and CPR, so take notes, ask questions in the comments and let’s get started.


Here are the 3 best pieces of advice from the emergency vet that could save your pet’s life:

1) DON’T WAIT TOO LONG TO GET HELP!

If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, “when in doubt, check it out!”

2) PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE

Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (such as toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at 8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.

3) BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO

Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners’ ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.

**REMEMBER**: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, with the best interest of the patient as everyone’s first priority. Let your vet do what he/she does best, and don’t try to grab the steering wheel and obstruct your vet from doing his/her job. We are all in the same car, we are all headed to the same place, but only one of us has the driver’s license (meaning, only the vet has the medical training and background to “drive the car”).

Please remember to spay/ neuter your pet, and to donate to your local animal shelter- they really need your help!

Additional Resources:

ASK YOUR QUESTION ON TWIN TREES VET TALK! Have a quick question? Want to run something by us? Or just need our two cents? This is your chance! Enter your questions here and each week we will select a handful of questions to answer.

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