American Red Cross launches online first aid training course for pets

Posted at 4:27 PM, Aug 31, 2017

The Brighton Eggert Animal Clinic on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda is busy this time of year.

“A lot of dogs favorite pastime is chasing those bees outside. So, getting stung on the face or eating them even is something we see a lot of,” said Dr. Alyce Schaefer.

That's why Schaefer is glad to hear about the American Red Cross's online first aid training course for cats and dogs. It teaches owners things like pet c-p-r or what to do if your pet is bleeding or has a seizure from the comfort of your own home.

Dog owners like Dolly Craig are eager to check it out. “We really aren't educated to know what to do when they cut themselves and it's bleeding badly or swallow bees. What do you do then,” she asked.

The online course isn't meant to replace professional care especially if your pet is in a real emergency. But, it is meant to better equip you until you can your pet some help. “If we want to try and take care of our pets, every minute can help. So, if you can start quickly before you get them to the professional, that can really help,” explained WNY Red Cross representative, Jay Bonafede.

The course takes about a half hour and costs $25. If you're interested in checking it out, click here.