This past weekend nine more of our fabulously dedicated pet care professionals competed their Pet First Aid Certification. Here at Pet Nanny we are dedicated to contracting only the best, most caring and qualified pet lovers around. This means running each sitter through an extensive screening and offering Pet First Aid & CPR Certification classes. Now we have almost twenty pet first aid certified sitters on the Pet Nanny team!
Pet First Aid Tips
- Pulse. You can check your dog’s pulse in-between the thigh and body, near the groin.
- What are normal vital signs? Once you figure out what normal is for your pet, you can figure out what abnormal is.
- Blood Circulation. Your pet’s gums should be a nice pink color. Give them a pinch and they should turn white, but quickly back to the normal color in under two seconds. Gums that are blue or white in color are often a bad sign and means oxygen is not flowing correctly through the body.
- Panting. Dogs can pant up to 300 times a minute, most often in the heat of the summer and after strenuous activity. This is also a time to be aware of tip number 2 (What is your dog’s normal?) If your dog regularly pants a lot in the summer heat, but is lying there showing out of the ordinary behavior, it is a time to watch closely.
- Temperature. Pets have higher temperatures than humans, often even up to 102.5. Again, be aware of your pet’s normal.