Interested in learning what to do if a cat or dog is facing a medical emergency? Colorado State University’s veterinary students are sponsoring a day-long workshop on first aid for cats and dogs. The program is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 at the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 West Drake Road.
“First Aid for Cats and Dogs” will cover handling a range of emergency situations including safe transportation to a veterinary clinic, overall safe pet care, CPR, bandaging, common poisons, insect stings, snakebites, trauma and heat stroke. While this class cannot replace emergency veterinary care, it does help pet owners manage emergency situations to increase the pet’s chance of survival before the pet arrives at a veterinary clinic.
The six-hour class is a combination of lectures and labs presented by CSU veterinarians and veterinary students. The class is sponsored by the CSU student members of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
Registration before March 20 is $20; registration after that date and at the door is $25. People planning to register at the door should call (970) 214-0723 to ensure that space is still available in the class.
Animal first aid kits also will be available as part of the class for $30. The kits include basic emergency gear including a guide for normal health measurements such as heart rates and temperatures for cats and dogs, along with items such as bandaging supplies and a thermometer.
Registration forms are available at www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/sveccs.