28. Pet First Aid

When it comes to emergency and disaster response, some hams are interested in working communications only.  Others would like to help wherever and whenever needed.
Many of us have certified and re-certified in First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AED), but are you aware that there are similar first aid programs and training materials available to treat sick and injured dogs and cats?
Some American Red Cross chapters within ARES District 3 have offered Pet First Aid classes in the past, and may be able to schedule a class again if there is sufficient demand.  Red Cross also offers Dog First Aid (P/N 657780 – $16.95) and Cat First Aid (P/N 657781) materials at http://www.redcross.org/ .
While these Pet First Aid items are especially useful during large emergencies, when the services of veterinarians might be spread too thin, they also have day-to-day value if you are particularly fond of your dogs and/or cats.