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Colorado Springs-area Red Cross can help you resuscitate your pets

August 8, 2017 Updated: August 9, 2017 at 8:27 am
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photo - Image from a video by The American Red Cross.
Image from a video by The American Red Cross. 

If Fluffy's pulse went flat, could you give the kitty mouth-to-snout CPR?

If not, the American Red Cross can help.

The organization recently launched an online first aid course offering tips on how to save dogs and cats that start seizing or stop breathing.

The $25 program, available on desktop or tablet, takes about 35 minutes to complete and reviews the basics of how to take a pet's vital signs and how to offer preventative care, said Bill Fortune, a Red Cross spokesman for the Colorado and Wyoming region.

It also includes step-by-step instructions for how to help pets that are choking, wounded, having a seizure or in need of CPR.

The online course replaces the more costly, in-person pet CPR classes that the organization hosted for years, Fortune said.

It's meant to compliment The Red Cross Pet First Aid App, which offers additional tips on keeping pets healthy.

"We certainly want to acknowledge the importance of pets in our lives," Fortune said. "And we feel that by providing this knowledge and skill set, that people will be more comfortable. And they'll learn especially when my pet needs to go to a veterinarian."

The program can be downloaded at www.redcross.org/catdogfirstaid.

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Contact Jakob Rodgers: 476-1654

Twitter: @jakobrodgers

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