July 15, 2004
One of Marty Baum’s former students resuscitated a horse using the CPR techniques he teaches.
"But this is specifically for dogs and cats," said Baum, who on Friday will lead a class in Paradise Valley on how pet owners can provide emergency medical care for furry family members. "Though, some of it can apply to other animals."
The free three-hour class "First Aid for Dogs and Cats," will be at the Paradise Valley Police Station for a class that was already more than halffilled Wednesday, Paradise Valley Police Chief John Wintersteen said.
Besides CPR, participants learn a variety of responses to their pets’ emergency needs — from choking to treatment for other animal bites.
"It’s unusual," Wintersteen said about the class topic. "But it’s a Red Cross-certified instructor, and we also are the animal control officers for this town. So, it’s not as weird as it sounds."
Baum said the training program was put together by the Humane Society. It covers a variety of topics including how to find a pulse, treat heat- or cold-related problems and recognize when a pet is having medical problems.
"And how to make sure we don’t get bit when we are providing care for the dog. We teach how to muzzle (a dog) even when there isn’t a muzzle," Baum said.
Protecting pets What: First Aid for Dogs and Cats When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday Where: Paradise Valley Police Department, 6433 E. Lincoln Drive Cost: Free Register: Call (480) 948-7418. Limited seating.