Leesburg Vet Teaches Pet CPR and First-Aid at Local Fire Departments
September is National Preparedness Month. As we’ve talked about in other articles, this is a great time to think about creating disaster and emergency preparedness plans for your entire family – including pets. To further assist our community to be prepared for emergency scenarios, Leesburg Veterinary Hospital is proud to be working with Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Stations by offering companion animal CPR and first aid training classes to our local first responders.
The goal of these classes is to provide our first responders with the skills needed to give life-saving care to pets in critical situations while keeping themselves safe. LVH veterinarians Dr. Mike Strickland and Dr. Rachael Dunn, along with Licensed Veterinary Technicians Kimberly Shaffer and Jennifer Strickland led sessions on pet CPR and resusitation, how to check vital signs, and basic pet first aid care and bandage techniques.
As a veterinary hospital with many staff members certified in Fear Free techniques, the doctors and technicians also demonstrated Fear Free methods and protocols. In emergency situations, even regularly calm and happy pets may be fearful or stressed. By learning to read pets’ body language and warning signals, first responders are better able to help pets in need.
Thank you, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue for keeping our community safe!