Pet CPR + First Aid Certification Manual: Common Mistakes

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Common Mistakes

 Avoiding common mistakes when administering First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to your pet can help ensure that your dog or cat has received the correct treatment, until he/she can be brought to a veterinarian. Making sure that your pet's first aid is applied correctly and high-quality CPR, if needed, is administered properly is essential.  Some of the most common pet CPR and First Aid mistakes are listed below:

  • Not recognizing dogs & cats run higher temperatures than humans
  • Not recognizing dogs & cats have higher heart rates than humans
  • Not checking capillary refill on the mucous membrane
  • Not cleaning minor wounds before bandaging
  • Not immediately taking your dog or cat to the veterinarian after a bite wound
  • Not maintaining immunizations and annual veterinarian checks
  • Not realizing that when pets are hurt, they may bite their owner