Disclaimer: I received this Pro Pet Hero Training course free of charge in exchange for my true and honest review. The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and are based on my actual experience.
Are you prepared to be your pet’s first responder?
Let’s talk about Pet First Aid & CPR. If your dog gets hurt on a hike and starts bleeding everywhere, do you know what to do? How do you stop the bleeding? Do you use a tourniquet? Where do you put it if you do? How tight does it have to be?
What about if your cat starts having trouble breathing? Or your dog suddenly collapses? In moments like these, you need to be able to step up as your pet’s first responder.
With proper Pet First Aid/CPR training, you can greatly increase your dog or cat’s chance of survival in an emergency situation.
Confidence to ACT!
I’ve been talking about taking a Pet First Aid & CPR class for oh, I don’t know.. forever? It’s easy to say you don’t have the time or to let everyday obligations get in the way, but I urge you to remember what’s at stake. Hopefully nothing terrible will ever happen to your pet, but if it ever does, you don’t want to be standing there with no idea what to do, kicking yourself for not finding the time sooner.
From personal experience, I will tell you that even a little bit of knowledge can give you the confidence you need to ACT in an emergency situation.
Let me tell you a story…
I had just sent an email to the people at ProPetHero with some questions about this course, maybe 2-3 days earlier. I was sitting on my computer in my living room, answering some work emails. It was a regular morning. We weren’t on a grand adventure or doing anything with even a remote chance for injury. All of a sudden, Ringo started making these horrible sounds and gasping for air. He was freaking out and looking at me, pleading for help. He was choking on something!
The other dogs started surrounding him, trying to figure out what was going on. I ran to the door and let the other 3 out back to give us some space and focused my attention on Ringo. I had randomly watched a video a few weeks earlier on how to do the Heimlich on a dog. I didn’t remember all the exact details, but I remembered the gist of it. So, instead of standing there panicking, I checked his throat for a blockage, and when there was nothing that I could reach, I knew what to do next. After what seemed like an eternity (even if it was less than a minute), he coughed up a chunk of bone on the floor and started breathing normally again.
I let out the biggest sigh of relief as he climbed up in my lap and gave me a million kisses.
If I needed more evidence that it was time to take a pet first aid class, that was it.
All I could think about was what could have happened if I didn’t act. What if I hesitated? What if I didn’t know what to do? The emergency vet is 15 minutes away. He never would have made it in time.
Moments like this are EXACTLY what a pet first aid class is for.
Why Choose ProPetHero?
There are a lot of options for pet owners looking to take a pet first aid/CPR course. You can take an in-person class, there are courses online. I chose ProPetHero for my Pet First Aid & CPR training for a lot of reasons.
Time – As important as this training is, you still need to be able to fit it into your busy schedule. ProPetHero training is online and only 1 hour and 39 minutes of video, broken into small bite-sized chunks, so it’s easy to fit into any busy schedule. It also allows you to pause or go back if you missed something, which you can’t do in a live class.
Expertise – ProPetHero First Aid & CPR for Pets is taught by a board-certified veterinarian who specializes in veterinary emergency and critical care. Bobbi Conner, DVM, DACVECC, is also a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Florida. As a professor, Dr. Conner knows how to present this important life-saving information in a way that is easy to understand.
Nationally Recognized – Upon completion of the course and passing the exam, you receive a 2-year nationally accepted certificate in Pet First Aid & CPR. You will get both a wallet card and a wall mount certificate that you can print on demand.
Unlimited Refreshers – Training classes are great, but they also present a lot of information at once, making it easy to forget some of the details. With the purchase of this course, you also get access to all of the video content for an additional 2 years! This allows you to freshen up on your knowledge and skills at any time.
What you’ll learn:
ProPetHero First Aid & CPR for Pets covers the most common illnesses and injuries that occur in small and large dogs and cats. It teaches you how to monitor your pet’s health and detect early warning signs of potentially life threatening injuries and illnesses, how to safely stabilize and move an injured pet, and techniques that could very well save your pet’s life in an emergency situation when rushing to the vet is just not fast enough.
- How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit
- Knowing Your Pet – Learn what your pet’s normal heart rate, breathing rate, and temperature should be and how to take them. Learn how to spot normal and abnormal behaviors and early warning signs of illness or injury.
- Illnesses – Vomiting, diarrhea, bloat, urination issues, loss of appetite, lethargy, weakness and collapse, seizures, hypothermia, hyperthermia, fever, itchiness
- Cardiovascular Emergencies – Learn to recognize the signs of cardiopulmonary arrest and how to perform CPR on a dog or cat
- Injuries – Shock, bleeding, wound treatment, lameness, burn care, fractures and spinal injuries, safe moving of injured pets
- Poisoning – What to do if you suspect you dog ingested poison, making a pet vomit, eye washing, snake and spider bites, allergies, anaphylaxis
- Respiratory Emergencies – Choking, near drowning, breathing problems/respiratory distress, rescue breathing
Does First Aid Training Replace Vet Care?
Pet first aid is a lot like first aid for humans. If we need immediate help, we call 911 and the EMTs or Paramedics show up within minutes. Their job is not to help us avoid going to the hospital. It’s to stabilize us, control bleeding, check our vitals, gather info about our injury to pass along to the ER docs if necessary.
Likewise, pet first aid is not about avoiding going to the vet. It’s about being able to assess your pet, know when vet care is needed, and provide your vet with important information to aid in treatment. It’s about being able to respond quickly in an emergency and provide the aid your pet needs to stabilize them until they get there.
Who Should Take a Pet First Aid & CPR Class?
In my opinion, all dog or cat owners should take a class like ProPetHero First Aid and CPR for Pets. Even more so if you are a dog walker, groomer, pet sitter, dog trainer, or work with animals in any capacity. I think a few hours of your time and energy is well worth the possible benefits in an emergency.
I know, at least for me, that I want to be able to do everything in my power to give my dogs and cats their best chance of survival. I want to be able to say at the end of the day that no matter what happened, I know I did my absolute best. Now that I completed this class, I feel confident that I can do just that. Thanks ProPetHero, truly!
Proud to say that I am now…
The course fee of $49.95 just may save your dog or cat’s life.
Thanks for reading,
Debbie & The Mutts