APRIL 1st, 2020…FAYETTEVILLE, NC…Has your pup's tail ever been closed in a door? Have you discovered ticks on your long-haired cat? What would you do if you found a dog in a parked car on a warm day or noticed your cat looked more like a bulldog due to a bee sting? Although our animal friends cannot currently contract COVID19, April marks National Pet First-Aid Awareness Month, and is a topic pet parents should have on their minds year-round! This is a great time to make sure you are PAWpared with skills and an up-to-date kit.
According to Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader™, who has taught more than 20,000 pet parents and professionals animal life-saving skills, “Veterinarians are the experts, but most of us are not lucky enough to have one velcroed to our hip 24/7. Odds are that when the dog stops breathing or kitty cuts her paw, you will be home alone and it will be after veterinary hours. Knowing pressure points to minimize blood loss, how to induce vomiting or lower a pet’s body temperature can mean the difference between life and death. YOU can be your pet’s hero if you learn how to rescue Rover or help Fluffy feel better BEFORE professional medical care is available.”
Denise is thrilled to have trained Teresa Blackwell of Carolina Pet Care Services, Inc. to teach Pet First Aid & CPCR (yes, there is a 2nd “C”) in your community. According to Blackwell, “I am excited to bring this much-needed service to Fayetteville. Pets are part of the family, and knowing how to help alleviate their pain and prevent further injury is not only our responsibility, but an act of kindness for the love they bring into our lives.”
By knowing Pet First Aid you can:
Lower your pet’s body temperature to prevent brain damage or death.
Minimize blood loss and prevent infection by properly bandaging a wound. Knowing where the critical arterial pressure points are on your pooch can be a life-saver!
Alleviate choking with the doggie Heimlich-like maneuver.
Expel poison from your pet’s system by properly inducing vomiting.
Be the pump your pet's heart can't be, moving life-giving blood and oxygen throughout his body, until you can get him to professional medical help.
To learn more about Pet First Aid & CPCR classes in your area, contact: Teresa Blackwell, Email@CarolinaPetCare.com, 910-987-3141 and/or www.CarolinaPetCare.com. Your pet’s are counting on you to know:
Muzzling, Safe Approach & Restraint
How to check Pulse, Respiration, CRT
WHAT TO DO FOR: Bloat, Burns, Choking, Constipation, Diarrhea, Drowning, Electric Shock, Frostbite, Heat Stroke, Poisoning & Seizures, Snake Bites, Bee Stings, Upset Tummies & more
We all know Fayetteville is a military town. Chances are someone you are close to is in (or has been in) the military. With the current issues in Iraq and forces on Bragg being mobilized, we have been faced with a mass influx of requests for long term care… and while we specialize in caring for your pets, in your home, the kind of long term care required in these deployment circumstances are often outside of the parameters of the services we can provide.
With so many military deployments, there are pets that are being left with friends, relatives or worse. Every day across the country our military men and women are sent to places where their pets cannot go. Many military pet owners are forced to surrender their pets, with the harsh reality that they may never see them again. Their service to our country leads to them sacrificing a loved family member.
Fortunately, there are SEVERAL amazing organizations that provide services for just this situation!
Dogs on Deployment – They believe in providing vital assistance to military pet owners. This is a nation-wide non-profit organization which provides an online network to search for volunteers who are willing to foster their pets. They advocate for military pet owner rights, provide education, and grant financial assistance during times of emergency. You can register as a pet owner OR a pet foster. For more information visit them here www.dogsondeployment.org
PACT – Pact is dedicated to stopping the growing trend of sacrificing pets, providing affordable care, and reuniting pets with their owners after their service. “PACT exists for the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect this country every day. Our Military Foster Program provides the help and support they need that is crucial to both the animal’s well-being and the owner’s peace of mind.” https://pactforanimals.org/pacts-work/military-foster-program
Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets – This program is dedicated to assisting active duty service members, veterans, wounded warriors and their pets through their multiple different programs. They provide service from 2 to 12 months depending on the situation, and provide service to all 50 states. They can assist with short term emergency boarding expenses and vet expenses for homeless military service members. https://gafsp.org/programs/foster-home-program/
Sugarland Ranch – Provides boarding for dogs and cats that belong to active duty military personnel who are deployed to combat areas. They have a sliding fee schedule that is based upon ability to pay. This program is also run off of donations from the general public.