Emergency First Aid for Animals (Day 134)

Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Scampers

When you have a human medical emergency you can call 999 or 911 or 112 to keep you alive and get you to professional help. Yet who do you call when your pet needs help? Or you have wild animal in trouble? How do you keep yourself safe when dealing with a frightened injured animal? Can you do CPR on an animal? How do you transport them to the vets without causing further harm? Emergency First Aid for Animals is for you if you could not answer these questions, its not a fancy money saver on vet bills but a straight talking to the point guide for when things go wrong to get your pet to the vet, alive!

Now with animals sadly there are no paramedics and it is up to you to take the important first steps to Preserve life, Prevent the condition deteriorating, and Promote recovery until you can get to a vet. I have taken the decision to write a new Emergency First Aid for Animals book as I believe that there is a gap in the knowledge of pet owners. In addition to giving you the knowledge to save a life, the proceeds from this book will go directly to funding my vet student tuition costs.

This idea has been in the works for the past few weeks and I now have a pen and paper draft of the contents of the book (yay!). Something I am trying to do is to keep it general so the emergency principles apply to all animals, however I do have special sections for wildlife, reptiles and birds as these may require different handling.

Some of the topics of Emergency First Aid for Animals are:

  • Basic Life Support including CPR
  • Management of Bleeding
  • Management of Bone Injuries (Fractures etc)
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Personal Safety dealing with injured animals
  • Choking
  • Seizures
  • Burns
  • Bites and Stings
  • Heat and Cold Emergencies
  • Assessment of the Patient
  • Transport of the Patient
  • Hedgehogs
  • Birds
  • Reptiles

All of these are situations where immediate action is likely to required to preserve the animals life so the quick triage protocol with its traffic light system will guide you through from the accident happening through to arrival at the vets. At the moment the book stands at 34 pages of high quality full color advice to deal with an animal emergency, and at A5 size is perfect to keep in the first aid kit, or in the car.

To help support my fundraising for tuition in addition to getting the book in electronic or printed format I’ve also got a range of perks available including having your name in the book or your pet on the front cover all exclusively available on Indiegogo available here:

Get Emergency First Aid for Animals here

The electronic version will be delivered at the end of February and the printed versions will start being delivered the second week of March (to allow time for professional printing).

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