Pet First Aid & CPR

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April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity for us pet owners to set aside our daily responsibilities for a moment and educate ourselves on what to do in case of emergency.

There is a wealth of information swirling around on the internet so I compiled a few handy resources just in case, heaven forbid, you find yourself in a situation where you need it.

CPR & The Heimlich Maneuver: The American Red Cross produced this great infographic that shows you how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver on cats and dogs. We recommend you click it, print it and stash a copy in your pet’s first aid kit.


The Red Cross also offers pet first aid classes. Taking a pet first aid class will teach you how to be calm and effective in an emergency situation. Being certified in pet first aid is also a great skill to put on your resume when applying for pet related jobs.

Pet First Aid Kits: A pet first aid kit is inexpensive and small enough to take with you anywhere.

First Aid Reference Book: I am a big fan of pet care reference books. Because the internet has a lot of conflicting information from unverified sources, a reference book written by an author whose advice you trust is great to have on your bookshelf.

For more information on Pet First Aid, visit the American Veterinarian Medical Association‘s website.

Have you ever had to administer first aid to your pet? What tips would you offer other pet owners? Share your experience and expertise in the comments below!

5 Responses

  1. Denise Fleck says:

    Such good info to know but the AVMA changed protocol a few years back and it is now 30 compressions and 2 breaths for all sized dogs and cats (except neonates) and there is the addition of a spleen or abdominal push for larger dogs. I teach the most up-to-date techniques at

  2. Michelle says:

    Great info! I just shared on Facebook. I have often wondered how to give the Heimlich to a dog. Thanks!

  3. Sharon Imel says:

    This is very interesting, and good information. I’m an animal lover, and you never know when this may come in handy and you could save the animals life. We had a cat swallow a needle and thread once. I recommend for people to keep harmful items stored away from animals to prevent accidents.

  4. eileen says:

    what about CPR for cats?