Class demonstrates the power of CPR for pets

WASHINGTON — They can’t tell us if they’re in pain. And it’s not like we can call 911 and have a paramedic show up if our pet is in distress. But a new local class is making it easier to help our furry friends by being prepared in the event of an emergency.

Animals lovers in Prince William County have been learning the art of CPR and other lifesaving measures for pets. Through March, the county offered classes at some of its community centers.

“You have to prepare,” Melissa Korzuch, president of the Prince William County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said in a news release. “There’s no ambulance that will come by and pick up your pet. So, you are the first responder.”

The class uses life-like stuffed cats and dogs to practice giving compressions. Also, participants learn to hold their hands over the animal’s snout while breathing into the pet’s lungs.

Learning the measures could very well be just enough to keep a pet alive long enough to get him to the vet, Korzuch said.

“What we tell people is that the number one problem when there’s an emergency with pets at home is that you panic. You don’t know what to do. This class will help you be prepared for when those things happen,” Korzuch said the release.

The county plans to offer the classes — based on American Red Cross CPR instruction — again in July for a fee of $50, reports The Washington Post.

Watch a video about the classes:

h/t: The Washington Post

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