Pet First Aid & CPR Training Helps Prepare Owners for Emergencies

Experts estimate that more than 90 percent of animals will experience an emergency during their lifetime.

That’s why IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, Central Indiana’s original 24-hour emergency and critical care center, is hosting a hands-on Pet First Aid & CPR training class Saturday, Nov. 2 to teach pet owners how to assess and handle emergency situations.

The class takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at IndyVet, located at 5425 Victory Drive, immediately south and east of the I-465 and South Emerson Avenue interchange near Beech Grove.

“It’s inevitable, pets are curious and accidents happen,” said Dr. Jim Speiser, DVM, DABVP, owner of IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital. “As a pet owner you’re the first responder, so instead of panicking, you better know what to do.”

“Animals can’t communicate their pain and sense of urgency, let alone tell you how many bones they snatched from the trash!” he added.

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

Vet techs will supply pet owners with plenty of hands-on experience as they utilize a life-sized mannequin, also known as the “ResusciDog,” to demonstrate proper ways to administer CPR on an animal.

Participants will break into groups to learn life-saving techniques like how to muzzle and/or restrain, how to carry and transport, and how to bandage and splint an injured animal with practical drills on real, live dogs.

“It sets us apart,” Dr. Speiser said, “we want people to practice and feel confident.”

“Knowing how to apply simple first aid techniques before a trip to the vet (or ER after hours), could ultimately save a pet’s life,” he said.

The training session will benefit pet owners and people who work with animals at doggie daycare and training facilities, grooming salons and other pet-related businesses.

Doors open for registration at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $50 per person, which includes an animal first aid manual, instruction from experts in emergency veterinary medicine, extensive hands-on training, refreshments, certificate of completion and a tour of IndyVet’s 22,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility.

Pre-registration is required, and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Checks made out to IndyVet, or credit cards (Master Card, VISA and Discover) will be accepted. 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

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