Canine first aid class

| 22 Feb 2012 | 08:44

    Newton — Newton Veterinary Hospital will present the American Red Cross’ Dog First Aid Class, including CPR instruction, on Thursday, June 25. The course, created by the Red Cross and the Humane Society of the U.S., will begin at 5 p.m. There is limited seating available. Michele Fritz, a hospital technician, will discuss the proper treatment for many common canine ailments, injuries and conditions. Topics to be covered will include: • The safe, proper way to give your dog medication • What to do if your dog is hit by a car • What to do if your dog suffers a heatstroke or seizure • What to do if your dog is choking • How to assess and stabilize bite wounds, bleeding and broken bones for transport to veterinary hospital • How to recognize symptoms of possible serious illness, such as diarrhea, constipation, vomiting and more. One of the most important skills that will be taught during the class is how to perform CPR on your dog. Many conditions can lead to respiratory/cardiac arrest and this is a skill that every dog owner should know. The instructor will demonstrate CPR on “Lassie” a 10-pound, 24-inch dog doll. This class is for performing CPR on dogs only, and does not certify anyone to perform CPR on people. Every attendee will receive a copy of the American Red Cross publication, “Dog First Aid,” which covers injuries, illnesses, medical emergencies, CPR and over 50 canine medical conditions and problems. The cost is $40. To register, call 973-579-1600 or visit