Pet Health

By: Jodi Jarvis -Therrian


Did you know only ONE out of every ten pets won’t have some sort of minor or major emergency in their lifetime? I want to help change those odds by sharing education.

Do you know by just doing ONE First Aid procedure 25% more  animals can be saved?

Do you have a Pet First Aid kit?

Do you even have a first aid kit for yourself?

Having a dog or a cat is like having a toddler, we need to baby or   pet- proof the house and the yard. I encourage you to get down on all fours and see what your pet can get into.

What is poisonous and dangerous?

Do you know one lick of automatic dishwashing powder can poison your pet?

Do you know if you should make them vomit or would you give them yogurt if they swallow a caustic substance?

Do you know how to make them vomit if necessary?

Do you know how you would transport your pet if they were unconscious in an emergency?

Do you have an emergency vet’s number handy?

If you are prepared and think about these things BEFORE they happen, you will stay calm during that emergency and be able to handle whatever happens more efficiently.

I always knew that fertilizer and sidewalk salt were dangerous to our pets, but I did not know quite how dangerous until I became a first aid instructor.

According to Dr. Karen Becker, “A recently published study conducted over a six year period by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by professional lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma – a progressive, fatal disease — by as much as 70 percent.”

Educate yourself on what is used in your community for sidewalks to prevent ice, better yet get booties.

If you feel your pet was exposed to ANY chemical, sidewalk salt, etc, wash your dog’s feet and rinse, rinse, rinse! If they lick their feet, they can become very ill. Take the proper precautions and use pet safe products in your home and yard.

Why make a list of things to do to childproof or pet-proof the house! Have you taken an obedience class and taught your dog or cat to  “leave it” so they don’t swallow something poisonous to them like a pill or raisins?

Write down a plan of action and have your tools ready. Start purchasing items on sale for your first aid kit so you are prepared.

During these times of limited veterinary care, I know of one dog that had to wait 6 hours to be seen at an emergency vet while the owner tried to keep bleeding under control. Another, the nearest emergency vet was too far, she did not know how to slow down the bleeding and sadly lost her pet’s life.  I tell you these accounts, not to scare you but to encourage you to be proactive.

If you would like to go one step further, we will be having ongoing CPR First Aid zoom and in person classes or obedience classes, quite often. Keep posted at:  I can also schedule privately for your group. CPR and First aid is a 4.5 hour course. We learn what we would do to stop or slow down bleeding in these times of limited veterinarian care, until one might be available. Also, what to do if your pet stops breathing, has heat stroke or swallowed something they weren’t supposed to, and so much more. I would love to help empower you to be even more prepared.

As Confucius said, “A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.”

Regardless of what steps you take, just take the first step. You can prevent accidents and be prepared to save a life.

NEW: Pet Health Journal and Workbook, we have designed for you because life is busy, and everyone has a lot to remember. This journal is to record the little details you forget and suggested important vitals you should be keeping track of so you can be the best advocate to your pet.

For more furry tips and how to’s see Dog Blessed Show weekly on The Muskegon Channel also on Roku and Firestick TV.

Jodi Jarvis -Therrian CPDT-KA CTDI

Certified Pet First-Aid & CPCR Instructor

AKC CGC Evaluator

C-wags Judge