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Mastic Beach Ambulance Pet CPR & 1st Aid Training

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MASTIC BEACH, NY - In August, the Mastic Beach Ambulance Co. held a special training session on pet CPR and first aid. The department partnered with Paws N Claws 911 to have them teach over 20 members of the Mastic Beach Ambulance Co. various life-saving techniques that can be performed on pets like cats and dogs in the event of an emergency situation.

Items that were on the teaching agenda included the proper way to muzzle a dog, and that you should not muzzle an animal that is clearly in respiratory distress or cardiac arrest. Next on the agenda was the proper way to do CPR on adult dogs, such as correct hand placement, breathing and counts/ratio of compressions to breaths. Once the students demonstrated mastery on that, Tom Rinelli from Paws N Claws 911 then moved on to ways to adapt those CPR skills to perform the same actions on oversized dogs and even puppies and smaller dogs or cats.

The instructor then went over other items of basic first aid on pets such as assisting a pet that is choking as well as other basic first aid items. The students from Mastic Beach EMS that took the class were very attentive to the instructor despite taking the class after working their day jobs or doing shifts at the ambulance company prior to the training. They also participated in all the hands-on as well.

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JOHN WALTHERSSenior Correspondent

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