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Book Review
Pet First Aid - Cats and Dogs

by Bobbie Mammato, DVM, MPH
Publisher: Mosby
ISBN: 1-57857-000-X

The American Red Cross, in cooperation with The Humane Society of the United States, has published a very useful handbook for pet owners on first aid care in dogs and cats.

The author, Bobbie Mammato, DVM, MPH is an emergency/critical care veterinarian who also has a Masters in Public Health. In addition to her duties as a part-time small animal practitioner, she is a disaster relief consultant to The Humane Society of the United States.

One of the first things that struck me about this book is the illustration work. The simple line drawings are expertly drawn to help with the textual description and to make a point. The book is spiral-bound, making it easy to open to a page, and have it stay open. This is important in an emergency situation.

Information is well organized, covering everything from the basics of 'how to approach a sick or injured dog or cat' to CPR, to how to build your own first aid kit. You will find a wealth of great information in between, too! Learn what is normal for your pet, how to administer various medications, how to recognize an emergency, and what dehydration looks like.

The main body of the book deals with common health problems and emergencies, and offers solid advice for taking care of your pet until a veterinarian can be seen. Smoke inhalation, collapse, lacerations, diabetic emergencies, and heat stoke are just a few of the emergency situations covered in this book. For each emergency or situation, you will learn about possible causes, the signs that the animal may be showing, first aid that should be administered until you can see your vet, any relevant tips*, and how to prevent the situation from happening.

A small section on tips for owning a healthy dog and cat concludes the book -- choosing your pet, providing daily care, traveling, and even a brief section on when to say good-bye.

I recommend this book to any pet owner, and would advise reading it thoroughly, prior to any emergency! The solid information presented here will alert pet owners to potential hazards, and may help save a pet's life should an emergency occur.

This book is attractively priced (current price = $12.95) and well worth the cost. Proceeds of this book also support The American Red Cross and The Humane Society of The United States, there are two more reasons that this is a great buy for pet owners.

Please click here to visit the American Red Cross of Central Maryland page and to order this book.

* For example, in the Car Accident Emergencies section - the tip relates to safer car travel when in pet carriers or special safety harnesses for dogs.

  • Related Reading:
    Emergency! Are you prepared? From About.com
    Emergencies happen to the best of us. Being prepared can make all of the difference and just may save your pet's life.

  • Disaster Preparation for Your Cats From About.com
    Disaster: We don't want it, we don't expect it, but when it arrives, we need to be prepared, particularly for our cats, who look to us for protection.

  • Emergency kit for Cats From About.com
    An emergency kit is a "must-have" to stabilize your cat before taking her to the veterinarian, or in case of a disaster.

This is an excellent 4-part series on canine first aid for a variety of situations and conditions:

Thanks for visiting!

Janet, DVM

Text: Copyright © Janet Tobiassen Crosby. All rights reserved.

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