April Is Pet First Aid Awareness Month A Guest Blog By Wag’N Enterprises

 

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month and the leader in pet safety gear and services, Wag’N Enterprises, reminds pet parents that as the seasons change, so do dangers for the family pet. Before looking forward to warm summer weather, springtime often brings out the worst in Mother Nature with tornadoes, flooding and more.

Doggy Bandana

Pet parents should be mindful of certain environmental hazards that could have a devastating effect on pet health. Wag’N Enterprises also encourages creating a pet safety plan this April.

According to Pet Tech®, pet first aid is the immediate care given to a pet that has been injured or suddenly becomes  ill. This includes home care and when necessary veterinary help. Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death; temporary and permanent disability; and expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care.

“We want to encourage pet parents to plan ahead for possible pet emergencies by taking small steps that could result in quicker response times during a potential dangerous situation. For example, making sure pet parents understand how to care for an injured pet until it is transported to the local emergency veterinarian can save the pet’s life” said Ines de Pablo, who is a Pet Tech® Certified Master Pet First Aid Instructor and founder of Wag’N Enterprises.

“Because there are only little variances between human and animal mechanisms of injury, pet parents can provide basic first aid for injuries and ailments like bleeding and fractures or heat stroke, seizures, choking management and respiratory distress. Just like us, most incidents can be addressed using a first aid skill,” according to de Pablo. She says initial response and care is vital. “You are your pet’s paramedic during a health related emergency until your pet is transported to the veterinarian. Panic and doubt are not going to help your pet and can both place you in danger and further the pet’s injury,” notes de Pablo.

Pet Passport

Wag’N Enterprises recommends keeping important pet lifesaving phone numbers both in their cell phone registry and displayed on paper copy in a prominent area of the residence and vehicle. Important numbers include their primary veterinarian as well as their emergency veterinarian’s phone number, the ASPCA Poison Control Center Number (888) 426.4435 and the National Poison Control Number (800)222.1222.

Is there an app for that? Wag’N recommends pet parents invest in the PetTech Pet Saver App, available for iPhone, Android phones and Windows 7 phones. The app covers topics such as CPR, heat and cold injuries, choking, snake bites, shock, bleeding protocols, how to restrain and muzzle, what to do in an emergency situation, how to transport an injured pet, the snout-to-tail assessment and more. Each skill includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and narrated audio files. Wag’N warns that this comprehensive pet health app does not circumvent attending a PetTech® Pet First Aid & Care class.

Pet owners and pet care professionals can learn pet life-saving skills nationwide from trained instructors. Pet CPR, first aid and care classes are available in the Washington, D.C. area from Wag’N Enterprises and Ines de Pablo. Attendees can expect to learn pet first aid and care training including: restraint and muzzling, CPR, seizure management, choking management, heat and cold injuries, shock management, bleeding injuries, mitigation and response to poisoning emergencies and much more.

About Wag’N Enterprises:

Founded in 2007, Wag’N Enterprises (http://www.wagnpetsafety.com) offers pet emergency management solutions to service industries, first responders and pet parents to effectively mitigate, prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety. Executive Director of Pet Emergency Management Division Ines de Pablo holds a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis & Emergency Management from the prominent George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has more than a decade of extensive field training experience under her belt. Wag’N Pet Safety Gear is a branded and extensive collection of purposefully designed tools and services giving people and their pets peace of mind in case of an emergency.

October Is Fire Safety Awareness Month, A Guest Blog By Wag’N Enterprises

Wag’N Enterprises Observes Fire Safety Awareness Month

with Free Pet Oxygen Kit Shipping

Wag’N Enterprises’ O2 Fur Life® program provides first responders a channel to order life-saving pet oxygen kits.  Throughout October, the company and kit-manufacturer McCulloch Medical are offering free shipping in observance of National Fire Safety Awareness Month.

“The goal of O2 Fur Life is to get all first responders in North America to carry pet oxygen mask kits to help distressed pets after an emergency,” Ines de Pablo, Wag’N’s executive director of Pet Emergency Management Division, said.  “McCulloch Medical generously offered to cover all shipping costs for first responder, direct and sponsor O2 Fur Life orders placed between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31.  This is a great way to save pets and money.”

 

Ines de Pablo's dog, Mayday

O2 Fur Life was created by de Pablo in 2008 when she realized that aftercare of pets rescued from emergencies, such as fires, was something that most first responders weren’t equipped to handle.  Most humans need oxygen after an emergency, and pets are no different, de Pablo said.

Now, de Pablo’s work has placed 2,460 life-saving pet oxygen kits in more than 1,050 first responder departments in the United States and Canada.

 
Pet oxygen kits work similarly to those used on humans.  The kits contain three different sizes of masks that can accommodate different size animals –everything from a ferret to a foal.  See below for  a demonstration on how these masks are used :

 

Pet oxygen kits start at $70 for all first responders and sponsor orders and $90 for private consumers.  More information is available on Wag’N’s website at www.wagnpetsafety.com/pet_oxygen_masks.html.

Since the fall of 2009, Wag’N has been working diligently with McCulloch Medical to raise pet safety awareness and pet oxygen mask awareness during the National Fire Safety awareness season. “Too many animals get injured and die every year due to preventable fire related emergencies. Incident mitigation combined with pet oxygen mask kits can help save countless pet lives” De Pablo argues.

About Wag’N Enterprises

Founded in 2007, Wag’N Enterprises (www.wagnpetsafety.com) offers pet emergency management solutions to service industries, first responders and pet parents to effectively mitigate, prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety. Executive Director of Pet Emergency Management Division Ines de Pablo holds a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis & Emergency Management from the prestigious George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has more than a decade of extensive field training experience under her belt.  Wag’N Pet Safety Gear is a branded and extensive collection of purposefully designed tools and services giving people and their pets peace of mind in case of an emergency.

 

In Full Disclosure: I received no compensation for this blog post. I felt it was an important message and agreed to share.

 

Thank you Wag’N Enterprises!

 

Barks and licks and love, Dakota