Canine First Aid & CPR

Canine First Aid & CPR

Become certified by the Red Cross! Offered at Valley Adult Education and Pet Degree Dog Training Center in Trumbull, CT go to to register. Dog First Aid and CPR can mean your dogs life… First Aid Skills Can Help Save a Life –Your Pet’s Red Cross First Aid classes and easy-to-use reference guides can help you keep your pets safer and healthier.

American Red Cross Pet First Aid classes give pet owners the confidence and skills necessary to tend to unexpected emergencies until they can get their pet to a veterinarian. Reference guides are also available to provide quick answers to questions about caring for family dogs and cats. Red Cross Dog First Aid and Cat First Aid manuals can teach you how to: Administer medications, Recognize an emergency, Perform CPR and first aid, Treat common problems and emergencies requiring immediate attention, stock a pet first aid kit.

Manuals come with a 30-minute DVD featuring step-by-step instructions on safety procedures, disaster preparedness and dealing with medical emergencies.


WebVet To Address Consumer Health Needs

WebVet (, the premier online health resource for pet owners, announced today the formation of a strategic partnership with Everyday Health, the leading online human health information property with more than 29 million unique users per month. This new partnership is an acknowledgement of the growing importance of pet health and well being as an important part of family health.

WebVet’s content is comprehensive, embracing every aspect of pet care and the human-animal bond, including medical information and advancements, general wellness information, original lifestyle and human interest stories, and breaking news.

WebVet’s “whole-pet” philosophy represents a redefinition of how pet owners approach the care of their animals by providing pet health information that ranges from medical abstracts and general wellness advice, to original lifestyle and human interest stories. Visit for more information.


American Kennel Club Introduces AKC Canine Partners Program For Mixed-Breed Dogs & Their Owners

Starting today, mixed-breed dog owners can visit and enroll their dog in the American Kennel Club Canine Partners Program. Mixed-breed dogs and their owners will now be able to participate in canine competitions held by AKC-affiliated dog clubs nationwide and access many AKC programs and services including lifetime enrollment in AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR).

For a $35 enrollment fee, owners will receive benefits worth more than $50 including a free AKC logo ID collar tag with the dog’s listing number and the AKC CAR pet recovery 800 number. Ensuring that your pet wears this tag increases the chances of finding your dog should he/she become lost. AKC CAR has reunited more than 360,000 animals with their owners since 1995.

Once enrolled, dogs will receive their AKC Canine Partners listing number plus:

  • Lifetime enrollment in AKC CAR Pet Recovery Service
  • AKC CAR collar tag with AKC Canine Partners Listing Number
  • One-year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine
  • Frameable 8.5″ x 11″ AKC Canine Partners Certificate of Recognition
  • AKC Canine Partners decal
  • Eligibility to participate in mixed-breed classes at stand-alone AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally events beginning in April 2010.

Additional benefits including a free AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate for dogs passing the CGC test, and various other offers from AKC affiliates and sponsors will be added to the program in the future. With more than 34 million mixed-breed dogs in the U.S. (according to the 2009-2010 APPA National Pet Owner Survey), AKC Canine Partners is designed to strengthen the human-canine bond by encouraging training, responsible dog ownership and pet owner education.

“While we have always been known as an advocate for purebred dogs, we have also always been concerned with the welfare of all dogs. Encouraging the public to do more with their dogs helps us achieve our mission when it comes to canine welfare and allows dogs and people to enjoy one another more, ” said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung. “With the launch of AKC Canine Partners, mixed-breed dog owners will benefit from AKC resources and be able to discover the world of canine competition.”

With mixed-breed classes beginning April 1, 2010, dog owners have time to kick start their competitive training regimen.

Go to to the club search function and look-up agility and obedience clubs in your area where you can enroll in classes and begin learning about events so that both members of your team can be ready to hit the ring and rake in the ribbons come Spring!

For more information about the AKC Canine Partners program for mixed-breed dogs visit:


HAPPY DOG: Caring for Your Dog’s Body, Mind & Spirit

Going beyond the basic information most pet care almanacs provide, HAPPY DOG: Caring for Your Dog’s Body, Mind and Spirit (September 2009; NAL Trade Paperback Original) offers pet owners the real scoop on how to make sure their dog looks great and feels that they are a valued member of the family “pack.”

Billy Rafferty and Jill Cahr believe that a dog’s mental and emotional health is just as important as its physical health, and only when all are nurtured will the family pet-and its relationship with its owners-truly thrive.

Written in an irreverent, accessible tone, HAPPY DOG features illustrations and photos throughout-including special appearances by celebrity dogs. Among the topics covered in depth:

  • Step-by-step guides to monitoring your dog’s health, including how to regularly inspect him for irregularities
  • How to set up a stellar home grooming station, and properly bathe, brush, and otherwise groom Fido between professional visits
  • A yearly dog care planner to help you manage Fido’s health, cleanliness and happiness
  • How to dog-proof your home, for Fido’s safety and her owners’ sanity
  • Planning a family vacation with Fido in tow, with minimal stress for everyone
  • Which grooming products and tools on the market are worth the money
  • Safety and emergency preparedness tips
  • Valuable information on pet nutrition, including what dog food labels really mean

HAPPY DOG is a must for any dog owner, no matter how long Fido has been part of the family; you will learn something new.

Why talk about this book?

Well The PG has a long memory and CoAuthor Jill Cahr’s dog was a part of a 2000 Pet Gazette edition’s theme about Pet Parties. Knowing Jill this just has to be a fun read. We wish her and all PG alumni only the best!


Dog & Cat Lovers Descend On Meet The Breeds

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) hosted 36,000 people over two days at Meet the BreedsTM presented by PetPartners, Inc., in New York City.

With the participation of nearly 200 dog clubs and cat councils and the support of over 100 vendors and 16 sponsors, the event was an unqualified success, featuring more than 115,000 square feet of dog and cat festivities. Meet the Breeds showcased the joys of pet ownership to an audience of dog and cat lovers who were eager to learn about the diversity of breeds and responsible pet ownership in a welcoming and positive setting. Go to to View photo coverage.


Emergency Program for Pets

Adopt-A-Dog in conjunction with Greenwich Emergency Medical Service held its initial First Aid and CPR Program for Pets on Sunday, Nov. 8th at GEMS Headquarters, 1111 E. Putnam Ave., Riverside, CT.

The two agencies joined forces to assure pet owners are prepared to handle illnesses and accidents for their dogs and cats. Adopt-A-Dog is a dog and cat rescue organization serving Fairfield County. Adopt-A-Dog’s mission is to find safe, permanent homes for discarded companion animals. For almost three decades, Adopt-A-Dog has “come to the rescue” by meeting the medical and emotional needs of dogs, cats and creatures.

Greenwich EMS, the 911 ambulance provider for Greenwich, Conn., has recently become a training center for The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). ASHI developed the Pet First Aid and CPR curriculum and has received the ASPCA Seal of Approval. While the Greenwich EMS mission is to provide Emergency Medical Care & reduce the risk of death and disability to humans we also recognize the need to offer training for pet owners so they can provide care for their “extended family.” For information:, GEMS 203-637-7505 x1074.

  • Thursday, Jan 4 - Thursday, Jan 4

    Building Winter Cat Shelters

  • Sunday, Jan 21 - Sunday, Jan 21

    TNR CertificationWorkshop

  • Tuesday, Feb 13 - Tuesday, Feb 13

    Bottle Feeding Orphaned Kittens

  • Thursday, Feb 22 - Thursday, Feb 22

    TNR Certification Workshop

  • Tuesday, Mar 13 - Tuesday, Mar 13

    Taming Feral Kittens for Adoption

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