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First aid for pets

Red Cross offers course for Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Janet Stark is an instructor for the pet first aid class offered by the Red Cross on Wednesday, April 25.

Janet Stark is an instructor for the pet first aid class offered by the Red Cross on Wednesday, April 25. Submitted Photo

— Stark said many students will share which techniques worked best for them in real-life situations and she encourages the public to attend.

“The ones they use the most are the choking because smaller dogs will choke on something they’re not supposed to have and they’ll learn how to rectify that,” said Stark.

Since there’s no 911 for animals, the skills learned in the pet first aid course can come in handy in an emergency, said Stark.

“As I was told by a person that took the first aid class, we can call 91 for our people but can’t call 911 for our pets,” said Stark. “A lot of people take it because there’s not an emergency number for them to call like for people.”

With warm weather approaching, Boardman said the Red Cross urges pet owners to keep in mind issues like heat stroke. Signs that an animal may be developing heat stroke include heavy panting and being unable to calm down. There are also signs like gum color and a fast pulse rate. There are also reminders like not to leave pets in a hot car.

The pet first aid class is Wednesday, April 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at 33 Everett Road in Albany. For more information or to register, visit redcross.org or call 458-8111.

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