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I Could Have Saved My Pet-If I Knew CPR

Shirley Sanders a third year volunteer at the American Red Cross Greensboro Chapter gave a short excerpt on several classes offered at the facility including Pet CPR. After watching Shirley perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a fluffy and synthetic Dalmatian, I probably could have been able to save my pet. After she brought Spot out of unconsciousness, Shirley thoroughly reviewed the components of an emergency first aid kit including; a blanket, hand sanitizer, whistle, scissors, gauze bandages of various sizes, bandage tape, portable drinking water, cold pack, eye dropper, a two liter bottle cut off at the spout, nylon leash, pediatric rectal thermometer , water-based sterile lubricant, hydrogen peroxide, and isopropyl alcohol to name a few. The purpose of the kit is to provide temporary comfort and stability while transporting the animal to the veterinary or emergency hospital.

Before you think your pet will need CPR, make sure they are unconscious by checking their breathing. Place your hand in front of their nose and be sure not to block their air intake. Also, check your pet’s heartbeat where their left elbow touches the chest by placing your ear. If your pet is not breathing, quickly place your finger in the mouth and pull out the tongue, looking for foreign objects. If nothing is in the throat, gently move neck until it is straight. If it is apparent the neck is injured, do not move. Close your pet’s mouth and place your cut off two liter bottle over nose and mouth and gently blow until the chest expands. Continue rescue breathing once every 5 seconds and periodically check for foreign objects. The next step for unresponsive pets, are chest compressions, which should never precede the rescue breathing technique. Lay pet on right side (heart is located on the lower left side of chest). Place one hand directly on the heart and the other hand should support the chest by holding the underside of the heart. Press down on their heart about one inch if they are medium sized, press harder for larger and softer for smaller. Ferrets, cats and other small pets should only receive chest compressions with the thumb and forefingers of only one hand. The approximate count for larger animals is 80-120 per minute and 10-150 for smaller pets. Continue compressions and rescue breathing until you can hear a heartbeat or normal breathing. Carry them to the vehicle and take them to your veterinary as soon as possible. They stand a better chance of survival if pet owners are well educated and prepared for such events.

Shirley stated that Pet CPR was a great class for dog trainers in addition to pet owners. Classes can range from 9- 30 individuals and schedules are listed on the website at http://www.redcross.org, listing your local chapter’s phone number. A four-hour class could save many beloved pets in your community, and the nominal fee supports an organization that saves many two and four legged lives.

The American Red Cross is More than Giving Blood–Take a Tour and Find Out

Other classes provided at the Greensboro Red Cross are; Stress Management Busters (great for corporate), Infant or Adult CPR and Babysitter or Lifeguard Training. Tours are also available for those curious and who want a close up look of what the Greensboro Red Cross is all about. Last tip from Shirley, if you think your pet is dehydrated or has been burned, NEVER apply or let the pet ingest cold water. Cool water is highly recommended to quench their thirst and soothe the wounds. Thank you Shirley, and stay cool this summer.

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History of March is Red Cross Month

Each year the President of the United States proclaims March “Red Cross Month.” The American Red Cross uses this opportunity to promote its services to the American public and for fund-raising. How did this tradition come about?

For the first quarter century of its existence, the Red Cross held no regular fund-raising drives. Since Clara Barton created the organization in 1881, it was largely dependent for publicity and funds on the spontaneous support of people who learned of catastrophic events and the Red Cross response to them mainly through the newspapers and by word of mouth.

This rather haphazard manner of operating changed abruptly in 1917, when the United States entered World War I. After declaring war, President Wilson ordered the American Red Cross to raise funds to support its aid to the military as mandated by the Red Cross Congressional charter. In response, the Red Cross held its first national War Fund drive in June 1917 and set a goal of $100 million, an astoundingly large sum at the time. Under the circumstances, however, the public response was immediate and overwhelming. Within a few days more than $115 million was raised. Then in December 1917, the Red Cross held its first “Christmas Roll Call,” asking people to give at least $1 to join the organization’s membership rolls. This drive also proved highly successful, as did an additional War Fund drive and another Roll Call in 1918, the last year of the war.

After the war, the Red Cross decided to make the Roll Call an annual, late fall membership and fund-raising drive. In addition, it conducted special appeals from time to time in response to major disasters, such as the Dust Bowl drought of the early 1930s and periodic flooding on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

In November 1941, with war in Europe, the Red Cross conducted a highly successful 25th Annual Roll Call. A few days later the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States entered World War II. As it had done in the previous World War, the Red Cross responded immediately by declaring a War Fund campaign. By June 1942, it had raised more than $66 million.

Rather than go back to the public with a third appeal in one year, the Red Cross decided to cancel its 1942 Roll Call. Instead, after discussions with President Franklin Roosevelt, the honorary chairman of the Red Cross, the whole month of March 1943 was declared “Red Cross Month” and a goal of $125 million was set, the biggest amount ever asked for in one campaign by any American organization. Again, the response was overwhelming. It took less than six weeks to reach the target and by June 1943 donations totaled nearly $146 million. Roosevelt called it the ” . . . greatest single crusade of mercy in all of history.”

This success caused the Red Cross to repeat the March drive during the remaining years of the war and then to make it the occasion of its annual membership and fund-raising efforts ever since. (As a historical footnote, the last radio speech President Roosevelt gave, a few days before his death, was in support of the 1945 Red Cross campaign.) As part of the tradition, the President customarily issues a proclamation each year declaring March as Red Cross Month.

Our Local Chapter of the American Red Cross is Located at-1501 Yancyville Rd. Greensboro, NC 27405, 336.333.2111

Tours are also available by contacting Connie Thompson at thompsoncon@usa.redcross.org

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