Guest Author - Diana Geiger
I have provided several learning or educational videos so that you can learn to save your pet from heat stroke, find the pulse on your pet, learn how to perform CPR on animals, learn pet first aid skills, learn how to induce vomiting, and what to do if your pet is choking. At any given moment tragedy can strike.
Recently someone stopped by my house. It was a quick stop for a photograph and a quick news article. It was during the time that this huge bubble of hot air centered over us, turning South Dakota into the humid tropics. It was HOT.
I heard a dog barking. I turned toward the sound of the barking dog and the dog was in this personís car. I was frankly horrified. The windows were cracked but did you know it if its 98 degrees, the car is in the shade and has two windows cracked it is around 115 degrees in the car. It doesnít take long at all for an animal to die inside a vehicle. Cracking the windows does little good. One study showed that with an outside temperature of 98 degrees with the window closed, the inside temperature of the car was 114 degrees.
How does the car get hot? The heat gets trapped inside the car kind of like what happens in a greenhouse; solar energy is converted to thermal energy.
The whys and hows really donít matter much, cars are deadly to any life forms, examples are children, and pets that all too often die inside of hot cars.
Leave your pet at home. It doesnít matter if its exotic pets or regular pets, they are going to die if left in a hot car.
I see this reminder in the newspaper, on the Internet, on television, radio, frankly all over the place. Why do kids and animals keep dying inside cars? Surely people should know better. Leave your exotic pets at home!
Some animals canít perspire, a couple examples; ferrets canít perspire, and pigs canít perspire, animals have different cooling systems than human beings. These cooling systems are not effective inside smoldering cars.
Also remember various animals have various normal body temperatures, lots of factorsÖthe point still remains, pets are dying inside hot cars.
What can you do? One very important tool I am never without is my camera. Having cell phones with cameras has made documentation much easier. Document document document!!! If youíre in a mall call security, call police, time is not on the animalís side. It is illegal to break into someoneís car to get his or her animal out. You can be prosecuted! If you decide youíre going to do this anyway, document the experience, and get some witnesses. If it is a child I doubt if anyone would question your actions.
Once the animal is out of the car find some shade and cool the animal with cool water, never use cold water. If cold water is all that is available rub some in your hands wipe it on the animal, repeat. You need to lower the temperature gradually. Perform CPR if necessary. Yes, you can save an animalís life with CPR Pet Health+: Animal First Aid & CPR or Pet First Aid: Cats & Dogs (These links are books found on Amazon.)
Free videos to help you learn how to save you animal's life.
Performing CPR on animals, how to perform CPR on animals, video performing CPR on pets, learn to locate the pulse, how do you find a pulse on an animal? Elaine Acker, CEO of Pets America, demonstrates the proper technique for performing CPR on pets.
Learn pet first aid and CPR skills for animals (animal life saving skills). Learn how to induce vomiting to save your animalís life.
PAWStronomical Pet CPR Event - Learn Animal Life Saving Skills
Keep a first aid kit in your car; remember the camera, notebook, and paper (documentation and witnesses) AKC 51-Piece Pet First Aid Kit, Red, Large.
How to save your pet when they are choking video
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