Tulsa Pets are Safely in the Hands of the American Red Cross

posted July 15th, 2009 by
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By Kelsy Taylor

The Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has helped the community in so many ways. One very important part of their program is to help families and their pets during emergencies.

“The Red Cross has always included pets in their plan, especially in disaster preparedness and first aid” emphasized Devone Chezum, the Education Community Coordinator of the Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

There are a variety of resources and programs that involve pets in the organization. Devone Chezum said that, “most chapters of the American Red Cross offer Pet First Aid classes that are available once or twice a year.” The classes will help prepare pet owners to face a variety of situations with confidence. This is a great opportunity for owners of both dogs and cats in the Tulsa area to learn valuable skills, when to recognize an emergency and how to prepare for one. “Rescue breathing and CPR are taught in the class, instructors also show the students how to create Tulsa Pets are Safely in the Hands of the American Red Cross By Kelsy Taylor a first aid kit for their pets” explained Chezum. The pet first aid kits include helpful supplies such as bandages, ointments, and blankets. The kits are also available, already prepared, from the American Red Cross. Devone emphasized that the kits should be brought along with the dog wherever it goes because you never know when you may need them!

Pets have become a part of the family in recent years. They come along during family activities, welcome long walks with us, and enjoy spending time curled up by our sides. Recently an increase in pet ownership and more people feeling like pets are a part of their family has inspired the American Red Cross to create two very important products to accompany their pet first aid classes.

The organization has prepared a book that includes valuable information for pet owners. The topics range from minor situations up to how to aid an animal while rushing it to a veterinarian. This product can be used as a quick reference guide since the topics are well organized and easy to find. Devone added that the book “is a supplement to being a good pet owner.”

The organization also offers an informative DVD that also covers a wide range of topics. “The DVD is a reinforcement of what is learned in the class” describes Devone. A few of the topics that are covered include: eye injuries, wound care, burn care, and broken bones. The DVD is also a great reference guide designed for easy access to specific topics.

“It is very comforting to know the information from the books and DVD for your own or others pets” mentioned Devone. Often, the skills that are gained through the classes and products from the American Red Cross can save not only the participant’s pet but a stray or injured animal.

Anyone interested in enrolling in a pet first aid class or purchasing one of the products should visit www.tulsaredcross.org or call 918-831-1126. The Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has a store in their lobby, located at 10151 East 11th Street Tulsa, OK 74128, where all of their pet products are available.

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