Miami Pet First Aid and CPR Classes

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Sign Up for Pet First Aid and CPR Classes in Miami!

We all love our pets like family. Did you know that pets, just like your children, are at greater risk of injury or death from preventable accidents than any other reason? In fact, 70% of pets who are injured and die as a result of their injuries could have survived if they’d been given CPR or First Aid on site. That’s why Equipaws Pet Services is now offering Pet Tech’s pet first aid and care classes for pet owners in Miami:  the PetSaver™ and Pet First Aid & Care For Your Pets™.

 Taking the correct and proper actions can significantly increase the chances of survival and reduce the extent of injury to your pet before transporting them to your veterinarian. It’s worth it to be prepared for every emergency!

Pet Tech First Aid & Care for Your Pets™ 

The Pet Tech First Aid & Care for Your Pets™ program is a five hour course that covers a number of valuable first aid skills and information to keep your pets fit, healthy, and happy. The course will teach you life-saving skills, including:

  • canine and feline CPR
  • rescue breathing
  • choking management
  • snout-to-tail assessment for injury and wellness
  • lectures on insect, snake bite, shock, and heat management, and other preventive knowledge.
Additionally, the class includes the PetSaver™handbook, and upon successful completion each participant will receive a certificate.

Ready to sign up for pet CPR and first aid classes? 

We are currently offering the five hour pet CPR and first aid course for $99. Please email Franca Berti, Equipaws Pet Services’ Certified Pet Tech Instructor, to register.
Make your payment below once you have been approved for the class. There is a class limit of 8 people for the May 2, 2015 workshop. Payment must be made before the class; no payment will be accepted the day of. We accept only MasterCard or Visa; class cost is $99.
A few important details:
-No refunds are offered, only credits for the next class as there is a high demand for each spot and every place taken means another pet parent must wait for the next course.
-That being said, class will be cancelled if there are less than six people signed up and a credit will be issued for the next round of classes.
Thank you for being understanding. 

Pet CPR & First Aid Course Schedule:

MAY 2, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Miami Green Building
Please email Franca Berti for more information.




April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

dog cat runner sitter CPR First Aid

Equipaws Pet Sitters Beccie, Sarah, and Nancy receiving their Pet Tech CPR & First Aid Training

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and the perfect time for pet owners to learn life-saving skills from Pet Tech’s Pet CPR & First Aid course. Our pet sitter Frankie recently became a Pet Tech instructor and is ready to help Miami’s pets stay safe, healthy, and happy! Equipaws Pet Services is all about prevention first and foremost. That includes giving your dogs great nutrition, making sure they are not overweight, providing them with good exercise daily, as well as regular veterinary care. Take care of all that to give your dog a happy, healthy, and long life… and learn the basics of first aid for when the unexpected happens, such as Pet CPR.

Essential First Aid Knowledge for Dogs

Learning Pet CPR & First Aid is one of the most important investments you will make for your pet. That being said, a healthy wellness routine for your pups will go a long way in keeping them fit, healthy, and happy.


Maintain their wholeness with:

• Appropriate exercise

• Great nutrition

• Access to fresh, cool water

• Yearly checkups with their veterinarians

• Spaying or neutering your pet

• Keeping your dogs on leashes!

Did know dogs can choke on all manner of objects, including the plastic squeaky in toy, a piece of rawhide, or even a toy rope? Not only is choking common in dogs, it’s also very scary and potentially fatal. There are several ways to prevent choking, luckily. Most obvious, do not leave your dog unattended with toys, bones, or rawhide. Even a big tough shank bone can splinter; even the most intelligent dog can get a little too excited with their toys.

If your dog eats very quickly, you can prevent choking by wetting the dry food. You can also place a tennis ball in the food bowl to make it challenging to pick up food. Finally,

If your dog starts choking in your presence, the best thing to do is stand back initially and let her cough it out. If your pet does cough it up, quickly remove it from the floor, place it in a bag, and take her to the vet. If your dog has trouble and can’t, you must help her by performing the dog version of the Heimlich. Frankie will be demonstrating that technique at the West Elm Dadeland’s Doggie Adoption Fair on April 13, 2014.

Another major source of distress in Florida is the heat! Heat stroke is a very common problem in our incredibly hot weather. As always, no living being should be left in a locked car with the windows rolled up. Temperatures can reach 150 degrees Fahrenheit inside a car within 15 minutes in warm weather- it is never a good idea to leave your pup in the car! Severe heat stroke can damage internal organs- prevention is where it’s at!

How to Prevent Heat Stroke in Dogs:

We run dogs for a living; our dog walkers and runners are trained to prevent heatstroke by keeping the dogs well-hydrated, keeping to the shade, off the asphalt, and refraining from running in 90 degree weather. We also encourage soaking the pet with cool water on extra hot days.

Recognize the signs of heat stroke, including:

• brick red gums, thick white mucus

• heavy panting without stopping, even when laying down

• fast pulse rate (depends on the dog), high temperatures (from 103 to over 105 degrees Fahrenheit)

• inability to get up

If you suspect your dog has heat stroke, it’s time to take action immediately. Take your pet’s temperature rectally with a digital thermometer and a lubricant. If the temperature is above 105, cool your pup below 103 degrees by pouring cool water over the pet, or wrapping your pet in a cold, wet sheet (NOT cold, so no ice!). Take your pet to their veterinarian right away if her temperature does not lower- heat stroke is serious business.

Other Considerations for a Healthy Pet:

It’s important to familiarize yourself with hazards in the environment. For example, many plants hazardous to your dog and cat’s health thrive in Miami, such as the aloe plant and the avocado (avoid the skin and the pit, for dogs!). Knowing how to properly restrain your pet on car rides can mean the difference between life and death, as well. There are excellent sources of information on the internet; there is also the option of taking a Pet Tech CPR & First Aid class, which will prepare you to act in emergency situations.

If you are interested in learning the Pet Tech CPR & First Aid needs, please fill in the contact form, below, and mention you are interested in attending a class. We’d be happy to hear from you!


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