IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital


Pet first aid & CPR training offered at IndyVet August 15

IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet), central Indiana's original 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary center, will host its bi-annual Pet First Aid & CPR training class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at its facility on the city's southeast side, near Beech Grove.

The 4-hour class will educate pet owners on how to handle and access a variety of animal-related emergency scenarios. It's beneficial for anyone who works with or owns companion animals.

"You never want to think of the worst, but accidents are inevitable, so it's best to be prepared on how to react when they do!" said Dr. Jim Speiser, owner of IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital. "When you can utilize pet first aid techniques before a trip to the ER, ultimately that quick response can save lives."

Dr. Speiser will cover some common emergency-related topics that include: vomiting, trauma, shock, bleeding, choking, poisoning, heat stroke, broken bones, burns, paralysis and more.

IndyVet staff will give pet owners plenty of hands-on experience as they utilize a life-sized canine mannequin, also known as the "ResusciDog," to demonstrate proper ways to administer CPR on an animal.

Participants will also split into groups and spend an hour learning how to apply lifesaving techniques on real dogs. Drills include: how to muzzle and/or restrain, how to carry and transport, and how to bandage and splint an injured animal.

Cost is $50 per person, which includes an animal first aid manual, instruction from experts in emergency veterinary medicine, an hour of extensive hands-on training, refreshments, certificate of completion and a tour of IndyVet's 22,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility.

Pre-registration is required, and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited, and participants are asked to leave their own pets at home.

To register, call BPS Marketing at 317.846.8965, or email
Pet First Aid
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