MEMA offers course on handling and first aid for dogs and cats

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will offer a course on small animal handling and first aid in Southborough next month. The focus will be primarily on cats and dogs. Here’s a description.

Small Animal Handling & First Aid
This combination course will discuss the basics of safe small animal handling, basic behavior, how to better “read” animals, the basics regarding pet emergencies and how to recognize if something is wrong. This class will primarily focus on the dog and cat species. Basic first aid for domestic pets will be discussed including CPR and bandaging. Dogs will be on hand for visual demonstration and class members will be able to practice techniques at the end of the class. A must for anyone desiring to work with pets during times of disaster. Participants will leave with a better understanding of animal handling and behavior and how to better protect themselves. EMT credits are available upon completion of this class.

Southborough Emergency Management Director of Operations Neal Aspesi said while the training would be beneficial for those responding to disasters, it would equally benefit those who work or live with animals on a daily basis.

The 2-hour course will be offered twice on June 13 – once at 3:00 pm and again at 6:00 pm. Both sessions will take place at Southborough Fire Department. You can register online here.

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