April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month sponsored by the American Red Cross. It was created to teach pet parents the lifesaving skills they need in the event of an emergency with their dog or cat. Learning first aid is important for all pet parents, but for those of us with disabled pets knowing skills like how to perform pet CPR or how to safely move an injured pet are crucial. If you live with a specially-abled dog or cat there is a strong possibility you will be putting at least some of first aid techniques to use.
The Red Cross understands that our fur kids are part of the family so they have developed two ways for pet owners to learn first aid skills. One way is through their free Pet First Aid App that gives you step-by-step instructions for specific emergencies and the second method is through their Pet First Aid course. The hands-on class includes instructions on how to administer pet CPR and how to safely handle common emergency situations.