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Is Pet First Aid Really a Thing?

It is, and you can use it to save the life of your furry best friend

For most of us, our pets aren’t just pets. If you call your dog or cat your “baby” or refer to yourself as his or her parent, you are certainly not alone. And because our pets are so important to us, we want them to be as happy and healthy as possible. But would you know what to do if they needed immediate medical help? These first aid tips can help you prepare ahead of time.

Pay attention

You know your pet better than anyone, so you should be able to spot things that are out of the ordinary. If they’re not eating or drinking as much and aren’t as active as usual, these could be signs that something is wrong. You may want to check their vital signs – including pulse and temperature – on a regular basis so you know what’s normal.

Common pet emergencies


Signs of choking include coughing and trouble breathing, and a dog or cat may also paw at their mouth. You should try to look into their mouth to see if you locate the item. If you see it, you may be able to use a tool like tweezers to get it out. You’ll need to be careful, however, as a panicky pet is more likely to bite. Even if you are able to get the obstruction out, it’s important to have your pet looked at by a doctor.


If you have or have had young children, you know how easily they can get cuts and scratches. And while pets are usually a little savvier, if they spend a lot of time outdoors, chances are they come inside with their own cuts periodically. While most of these probably aren’t serious, if you notice a lot of blood, you’ll need to act. It is important to quickly find the wound and put a cloth or towel over it and keep the pressure on it for at least a few minutes. If this isn’t effective, you will need to create a tourniquet before taking your pet to the vet.


Because of our hot climate in South Florida, heatstroke is something we all especially need to be aware of. Signs include panting, labored breathing, and possible vomiting. It’s important to get your pet cooled quickly, and you can do this by wrapping them in towels soaked in lukewarm water so they don’t become cooled too quickly. Putting them in front of a fan and giving them water can also be helpful.

What about dogs and chocolate?

While there are many types of foods dogs shouldn’t be eating, chocolate may be the worst, as it can cause seizures, vomiting, and even death. If you see your dog eat a large amount of chocolate, you’ll need to see a vet as soon as possible. The same is true if you only suspect that it was consumed; this is another instance when knowing what’s normal and what’s not with your dog’s behavior will come in handy.

What should you do if your pet collapses?

Time is of the essence if your pet collapses. The CPR procedure in pets is similar to the one used to resuscitate people, but with some key differences. The first thing you’ll need to do is check to see if they’re breathing. If they aren’t, you will have to start compressions.

  • For cats and small dogs, you need to put the heel of one hand over their heart and the other hand on top of it.
  • For dogs that have a deep chest, you should put the heel of one hand on the widest part of the chest and put the other hand on top of it.
  • For dogs that are more barrel-chested, you will put one hand on the widest part of the sternum and put your other hand on top of it. You will want to ensure your shoulders are directly above your hands.

With your hands in the proper position, you will then push at a rate of about 100 compressions per minute, compressing 1/3 to 1/2 the width of their chest. After 30 compressions without any response, you will need to give rescue breaths. This entails closing your pet’s mouth and extending their neck. You will then cover their nose with your mouth and exhale enough so you see their chest rise. After a second rescue breath, you’ll need to resume CPR. You should continue this pattern until your pet starts breathing on their own or you get to your vet.

Know what to do in the event of an emergency

Because you want your pets to always be cared for, it’s important to know what to do if they’re in distress. At One Beat CPR, while we don’t offer classes specifically for rendering aid to pets, we teach life-saving skills that can be used on any person, of any age. And these skills just might help in an emergency involving the four-legged members of your family as well. Check out our class schedule here.

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Surely Someone Else Knows What to Do?

Alarming trends on the lack of lifesaving training in the workplace

What would happen if one of your employees needed First Aid? How would your employees react if a co-worker showed signs of a heart attack or worse, went into a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Would they be able to give CPR?

Two recent surveys by the American Heart Association (AHA) suggest that most employees don’t know how to handle a cardiac emergency and have no training in First Aid, CPR or AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).

The findings led the AHA to launch a new campaign in 2017 to promote awareness of the problem and encourage employers to provide training in these vital skills.

“Such training has the potential to save thousands of lives, considering there are 10,000 cardiac arrests in the workplace annually,” reports Facility Executive.

Key findings in the American Heart Association survey

The AHA survey included over 3,000 employees in a variety of fields, including corporate offices, hospitality, schools, industry/labor, and 1,000 safety managers in industries that are regulated by OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration). Among the findings:

  • More than half (55%) cannot get First Aid or CPR+AED training from their employer. And when employers do offer this training, it’s often either one or the other.
  • Half of all U.S. workers cannot locate the AED at work. In the hospitality industry, that number rises to two-thirds (66%).

Safety managers and OSHA-regulated industries are pushing to have employees offer more frequent training to better prepare their workers to handle emergencies.

“The data suggests these untrained employees may be relying on their untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security,” according to the American Heart Association.

How First Aid, CPR, and AEDs save lives

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is designed to help save lives when someone has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped. It combines breathing into the mouth and chest compressions to keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other organs until help arrives. “CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest,” according to the American Heart Association.

An AED is a device used to help anyone who may be experiencing cardiac arrest (the heart stops beating) or loses its normal rhythm. An AED is “a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.”

Training employees how to perform CPR or use AEDs is critical because it can – and does – save lives.

According to an OSHA survey…

  • 33% said lives have been saved at home and at the workplace as a result of First Aid, CPR, and AED training provided at work
  • 78% said injuries or medical conditions have been treated in the workplace with this training
  • 73% consider First Aid/CPR/AED training as equally important as other safety training

Sadly, when training is offered in the workplace, it’s often done in response to an incident. By then, it may be too late for someone. The study also showed that younger workers are also less likely to take part in training, which may be due to the mistaken belief that they are at decreased risk. Still, it’s important for workers of all ages to be trained in these techniques since anyone might be called upon to save a life.

Join the movement to provide First Aid, CPR and AED training to your employees. Find out more about the different training options that are available from One Beat CPR + AED.

First Aid Preparedness — Having trained personnel ready and willing to render first aid will reassure other co-workers and make them feel safer themselves.

An OSHA enforcement case announced in December 2016 is a good example of the kind of worker injury where a co-worker might have to respond quickly with first aid assistance. The agency proposed $274,934 in penalties against an Ohio plastics manufacturer after a pneumatic bench cutter severed a 27-year-old employee’s finger as she cut rubber material in June 2016. Along with the penalties came four repeated, six serious, and three other-than-serious violations filed by OSHA against the company, which also was placed in the OSHA Severe Violators Enforcement Program, according to OSHA.

The key standards for ensuring employees are ready and able to provide first aid care to an injured or sick co-worker are familiar ones. The OSHA standard for general industry include logging operations, medical services and first aid, first aid kits, and both first aid training and CPR training.

First aid trainers note that immediate treatment of an injured or ill employee could save that person’s life. Minutes count for injured or sick employees—equally important, having trained first aid personnel ready and willing to respond will reassure other co-workers and make them feel safer themselves. Training helps to prevent safety issues as well as to manage events, should they occur.

One Beat CPR + AED provides first aid and CPR training. CPR/AED and first aid certifications are good for two years.


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