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Why Should A Pet Professional Take A Pet First Aid Class?

Why Should A Pet Professional Take A Pet First Aid Class?

(Details on my next two upcoming pet first aid classes are inlcuded at the end of this blog along with a demo video of the class)

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Because the truth is accidents can and do happen. None of us schedule 2pm: Trip and fall over dryer hose. As professionals we owe it to the pets in our care to be prepared for the unplanned.

Be Aware. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) says that 60% of all veterinary visits are emergency in nature. They go on to state that 25% more pets could have been saved if only one pet first aid technique was applied before veterinary treatment. A study done in the American Veterinary Journal states that only 10% of pets needing CPR would survive if CPR is not done before arrival at the veterinarian. Another study by the AAHA shows preventable accidents as the leading cause of death and disability among pre-senior pets.

Be Knowledgeable. What are some of the safety issues that relate directly to groomers?

• Sudden blunt force trauma happens if a pet falls off a grooming table. Or you trip over exposed cords. Or you can slip on a wet floor while carrying a pet. Take advantage of the Golden Hour. It takes approximately one hour for adrenaline to dissipate from the body after an injury. Symptoms are not felt until the adrenaline is gone. Once symptoms present, itʼs generally too late. Look to Natasha Richardson as an example of someone who wasted her Golden Hour. She was the actress who died after hitting her head in a ski accident. She refused on site medical treatment. When symptoms presented later, it was too late.

• Neck injuries or strangulation when an unattended pet or even when an attended cat jumps off a table while looped.

• Hypothermia caused by prolonged exposure to cool temperature. It can happen when placing a wet pet under a cool air dryer. You only need to lower the petʼs temperature by four degrees.

• Dehydration as a result of no water provided to the pet. Stress can also cause dehydration. It can lead to organ failure or death in a very short time.

• Burns resulting from overexposure to hot blades or hot air dryers. So will chewing on electrical cords. Using equipment without Ground Fault Interruptors (GFI) outlets around the tub can result in electrocution burns. Thermal burns can occur when a hot air dryer heats a metal cage.

• Heatstroke from being left too long with a hot air dryer. Enclosed kennel dryers are notorious for this. The young, old, immune-suppressed and brachycephalic dogs and any cat are particularly susceptible. Brachycephalic dogs have the pushed in faces. Examples are Shih Tzuʼs and Pugs.

• Bleeding injures and wounds caused by scissors and clippers. In addition, hematomas and sebaceous cysts may erupt while in your care.

• Heart failure caused by stress, chewing on electrical cords, electrocution as well as preexisting medical conditions. Cat groomers should monitor the cats stress level closely. They are prone to stress induced heart failure.

• A seizure brought on by poisoning, stress, HV dryer and preexisting medical conditions. Poisoning occurs when a pet ingests, inhales or otherwise absorbs improperly stored cleaning and pesticide products. Older dogs are more susceptible to a seizure brought on by the HV dryer.

• Injuries caused by kennel or tub grates.

• Any pet can have an allergic reaction to any product we use.

• Choking on an inappropriate sized treat or toy and any treat given to a dog that gulps his food.

• The HV dryer can blow out an eardrum or cause an anal prolapse when used improperly.

Be Proactive. Most of the above are preventable accidents. Wrap up cords and hoses when not in use. Make sure there is a clear path from one area to the next. Keep the bathing area floors dry. Store toxic materials in a closed cabinet. Monitor pets at all times. Exercise caution when using your equipment. Do you have the phone numbers handy to your local vet and the after hours office? Do you know how to get to the after hours office? You donʼt want to try and find it in a panic. Walk through your shop and note possible problems and correct them. Go home and do the same. Your four legged furry family members will appreciate it.

Be Prepared. Take a pet first aid class. Written materials and videos alone are not a pet first aid class. To properly learn these skills, your Instructor must be properly trained. Be choosy. Ask questions. What did their training consist of? Pet first aid and CPR is best learned through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands on skills. A professional level class should include the following: bleeding and shock, restraining and muzzling, primary pet assessment,rescue breathing, CPR, fracture and limb injuries, insect bites and stings, snakebite, seizures, first aid kits and emergency preparedness kits, poisoning and poisonous substances, choking and snout to tail assessments. A better class will also advocate a healthy pet lifestyle. This includes the importance of dental care. Furthermore, it should also stress the importance of both when to seek veterinary care and of establishing a relationship with your vet.

Be Proud. Hang that certificate for all your clients to see. Knowing these skills is the difference between life or death, between temporary or permanent disability and between a short recovery or a long recuperation. These skills will also give you the confidence needed when an emergency arises. Your clients will know you care.

Be Responsible. Iʼve had three occasions with my own pets that required pet first aid. All three situations ended up being very minor when they could have easily escalated into a far more serious situation. Have release forms that allow you to perform pet first aid and CPR on the pets in your care.

Taking a pet first aid class is the right thing to do. We are responsible for the pets in our care and in our lives. They would do the same for us.

Next class is on Saturday, May 30th at Mardi Paws pet Expo in New Orleans. For details and to register: click here.

The folllowing class is Friday, June 5th at Intergroom in New Jersey. For details and to register: click here.

And....... a demo video of our pet first aid class.

 

 


Reiki I and II at MardiPaws in New Orleans

“But you look so normal.” I hear this from time to time when I discuss Reiki and other forms of energy healing. I never take offense, because 15 years ago, I might have reacted the same way to someone who practices energy work. Then Marcus entered my life. Marcus was my Miniature Pinscher. At the age of five he was diagnosed with several chronic medical conditions. My veterinarian was unable to regulate him and he was deteriorating before my eyes. It was after a stop in a New Age store that piqued my curiosity and set me on my path towards energy work, including Reiki.

 

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Me and Marcus

 

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese technique that was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900’s. A Reiki practitioner channels the Universal Life Force energy that surrounds all of us to the person or pet during a session. The ability to channel this energy is passed down from a Reiki Master to their student through a process called an attunement. There are four levels of Reiki: I, II, III, and Master.

 

How does Reiki work?

Energy surrounds us. It is what puts the light in our eyes. When energy cannot flow freely flow through a person or animal’s body, illness and disease can take root. Reiki directs energy to the blockage to break it up. It goes where the problem is originating. It is gentle and non-invasive. I use Reiki as a valuable component of my overall balanced health maintenance program, which includes modern medicine. I work closely with my medical professionals and I encourage my Reiki clients to do the same.

 

What are the benefits of Reiki?

They include:

 

  1. Deep relaxation. It reduces stress. Stress has been linked to heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, depression, anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s disease, and accelerated aging.
  2. Renews strength and vitality, as well as improves the immune system. This is advantageous for older and chronically ill people and pets.
  3. Relief of aches and pains.
  4. Speeding up healing of wounds and surgery sites, as well as relieving the effects of chemotherapy. This is why many larger hospitals have Alternate or Complementary Therapy departments.
  5. Easing a pet’s transition over the Rainbow Bridge, as well as people in hospice.

 

Will my pet or my client's pet enjoy Reiki?

 

Absolutely! Animals are more sensitive to energy than we are. They do not have the barriers many people have erected regarding alternate therapies. Marcus loved Reiki. If I could have provided it, he would have enjoyed it 24/7. Baby, my Chihuahua, would let me know when he had enough when he was younger. Now that Baby is 15, he would not mind if I provided it continuously.

 And you know what?

                                        You will enjoy it as well.

 

 How can I become a Reiki practitioner?

 If you are attending Mardi Paws in New Orleans on Sunday, May 31st, you can take Reiki I and II. To register: click on the MardiPaws logo! This is a practitioner class.

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 Despite his early health problems, Marcus crossed over at the age of 12. He maintained a level of health that allowed him to enjoy his years with us. While working with my veterinarian, we were able to not only stabilize him, but also reduce his Insulin by 25%. In addition, Marcus no longer needed medications for Cushing’s. Marcus thought I was perfectly normal!


Society Of Holistic Pet Stylists

I began my grooming career in 1999 when I applied for a job at Petco as a bather. They just started a grooming training program and I was one of the first in the class. I trained under Terry Tomlinson and Beth Cristiano. Once my training was complete, my home store was basically just me. As the store manager acknowledged he knew nothing about grooming and left all the decisions up to me, I was totally unsupervised. I was able to experiment and find what worked and what didn't without someone looking over my shoulder telling me, " that's not how we do it."

If I had to pick the one situation where the light bulb turned on over my head regarding the role environment played in grooming it because of a lovely shih tzu named Blackie.

Blackie was a dream dog to groom. Every month he was so happy to see me. He just stood there and let me groom him. Except for one time. He struggled, shook, and snapped. I stopped the groom and called mom to come pick him up. I knew something was not right with him. It turned out Blackie's home was burgarlized the day before and the burglars tormented and scared him. Blackie was still in shock. 

From that day forward, I consciously made changes here and there. Some of which were poo pooed by other groomers, but by the time I left Petco, I had a thriving business of well behaved pets that had been banned from other shops. 

Over the years, I've networked with other like groomers. A rather small group in the beginning, but yet a consistently growing segment of our industry.  

So,15 years later and it is with pride that I announce, along with Chris Sertzel, Barbara Bird, Daryl Conner, Sue Palmer, Melissa Jepson, and Lori Guilling, the formation of The Society of Holistic Pet Stylists.

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The focus of our association is to offer differing holistic grooming choices in a non judgemental forum. Visit our website at http://www.holisticdoggroomers.com and see if we are a right fit for you.

 


Hershey Internet Mingle 2013

Eight years ago, Dawn Omboy had a great idea. How fun would it be to actually meet the people you "talk" to everyday on the Internet. 

Many of us have been friends for so long, yet have no idea what each other looks like. At trade shows, we would sit next to each other or look at the same pair of scissors at one of the booths. But not make a connection.

Dawn approached Sally Liddick about hosting an internet get together the night before the show opened thinking Sally would put it together. Sally was all for it, BUT it was up to Dawn to coordinate it. After the panic subsided, Dawn and her friends pulled it off. It was so successful, that it is now a staple at Groom Expo.

Every year, the Internet Mingle hosts a fundraiser. Thanks to the generosity of vendors such as Espree, Groomers Mall, Davis, PetGroomer.com, Groomers Lounge, Wag-n-Tails, Bardel bows, Barkleigh, Talon Shears, and so many others, they were able to sell raffles tickets for donated products.

This years proceeds will go to the GEAF. The Groomers Emergency Assistance Fund has been set up to help fellow groomers in need. Their mantra is "Groomers Helping Groomers." 

There will be a cash bar and Espree is providing giveaway's to the first 75 people in the door PLUS a free raffle ticket. You can always increase your chances of winning by donating and receiving MORE raffle tickets. The bonus is getting to meet all your interney buddies for a night of fun.

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Announcement From Vetericyn - Animal Rescue Makeover Competition

Enter Vetericyn’s animal rescue makeover competition for your chance to win more than $2000 in prizes

Calling all groomers! Innovacyn invites you to change the life of a shelter animal (and its future family) by making over an animal in need of a home. Based on before/after pictures, we’ll select 15 finalists who will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, including products from Vetericyn, Puracyn, Oster, John Paul PetSalon, Pet Paint, Dog for Dog, Frosty Bowlz, American Red Cross, Earth Bath, Dog’s Best and Cesar Millan Inc. The winning pet and rescue organization will also score some great gifts and some good publicity.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Groomers will partner with a rescue/shelter organization and perform a grooming makeover on an animal that is available for adoption – enter as many animals as you want!
  2. Take before and after photos of the pet’s makeover.
  3. Fill out the submission form on our Facebook page AND upload a before and after photo, both located at the top of the page in the tab area.
  4. Before and after photos need to be combined into one image in order to upload and submit (A list of recommended photo-combining tools can be found on the submission form or for additional uploading help, feel free to contact us - Danielle Turner and Nicole Landfield at 866-318-3116 or email us at Daniellet@innovacyn.com and Nicolel@innovacyn.com.
  5. Fifteen finalists will be selected based on before and after photos, which will be uploaded to a gallery on www.CesarsWay.com, where everyone will be able to vote for their favorite makeover. Voting is open to the public from June 18-24, 2013.
  6. Votes will be tallied on www.CesarsWay.com based on the amount of “Likes” all finalists’ photos receive.
  7. There will be five winners – one grand prize winner and four runner-ups. The winners, selected by total number of votes, will be announced June 25, 2013.

     

Here are the prizes:

Grand Prize Winner: The winning groomer will take home the new Volt Cordless Clipper by Oster® and products from  Vetericyn, Puracyn, John Paul PetSalon, Pet Paint, Dog for Dog, Frosty Bowlz, Earth Bath, American Red Cross, Dog’s Best and Cesar Millan Inc., with a total value of more than $1000.

The partner rescue organization and the winning pet each receive products from Vetericyn, American Red Cross and Cesar Millan Inc. (value of more than $400).

Four Runner-Up Winners: Each groomer wins more than $600 in product from Vetericyn, Puracyn, John Paul PetSalon, Pet Paint, Dog for Dog, Earth Bath, Dog’s Best and Cesar Millan Inc.

contest dates

Download: Groomer to the Rescue! Contest Information

Entrant Criteria/Rules: All entrants must be US/Canada residents currently living in the United States or Canada. All entrants must currently work as a professional pet groomer by either having a professional pet grooming business or work for a pet grooming business. Entrants may be required to show proof of this eligibility upon request. All entrants must receive permission from a rescue or shelter organization in order to groom the animal and publish photos. All participants must be 18 years old or older.

*Please feel free to contact Innovacyn’s Social Media team at 866-318-3116 if you need help with your entry or if you have any general questions regarding this contest.


The Cat Symposium

I have been grooming for about 14 years now and I have always been a cat groomer. Mostly because I like being around cats. I was very much in the minority as many groomers in my area wanted nothing to do with cats. Early in my career, there was not a lot of reference materials or educational opportunites for cat grooming. 

It's been wonderful to watch the evolution of cat grooming over the years. We went from nothing to having two professional associations:

1. The Professional Cat Groomers Association of America. Their certification is Certified Master Cat Groomer. I am proud to be the East Coast Chair. 

2. The National Cat Grooming Institute of America. Their certification is Certified Feline Master Groomer.

Both associations offer a wealth of reference materials and educational opportunities. The NCGIA also has a cat grooming school located in South Carolina. Many of the trade shows now offer cat grooming seminars in their lineup.

You can imagine how excited I was when Stacey Ward, aka Aunt Stacey, approached me about being a part of the first ever cat only grooming educational conference. Stacey gathered a handful of well respected industry experts who are passionate about compassionate cat grooming.

Join  Cat Guru's Daryl Conner CMCG, Stephaney Kemper CFMG, Mary Oquendo CMCG, Kim Raisanen CMCG, Kirstine Reynolds CFMG, Stacey Ward, and Sheryl Woods at The Cat Symposium at the HHBacker Christmas trade show in Chicago on October 12-14.

We are offering:

1. Reiki I

2. Psychology of Cats

3. Feline Anatomy and Body Language

4. Grooming For All Life Stages: Kitten to Geriatric

5. Holistic Grooming Without Restraint

6. Styles and Breed Requirements 

7. Crystals For Groomers

8. Location Options: Salon, Mobile, Veterinarian Clinic, and Housecall

9. Marketing and Business Developement

10. Skin and Coat: Safe Products For Cats

11. Nutrition For Optimal Health

12. Effects of Environment

13. Grooming Cats and Dogs Together

14. Working Partnerships with Veterinarians and Rescue Groups

15. Roundtable Discussion with The Cat Gurus'

All classes run one at a time, so you do not have to miss out on any topic. There will also be an opportunity for one on one private consultations with one of The Cat Guru's.

Visit our website at www.TheCatSymposium.com for more details. 

Check out our YouTube video:

 


 


Summer Live and Webinar Classes

Here is my upcoming summer schedule including class descriptions.

June

June 6 Wednesday 8pm EST Making and Using Pet First Aid Kits. It covers what should go into a pet first aid kit and how to use those items. It differentiates between dog and cat safe products. It also includes a demonstration on how to wrap an ear injury. The cost is $20.

June 20 Wednesday 8pm EST Let's Go Fido. This webinar will help you plan a stress free vacation whether your pets are coming or staying.The cost is $20.

June 24 Sunday 9am Pet Tech PetSaver Program in New Milford, CT. This eight hour  comprehensive, hands-on seminar covers healthy living , priorities and concerns of emergency procedures, restraining and muzzling, primary pet assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, choking, bleeding, shock, and fractures, poisoning, heat and cold injuries, insect and snake bite,seizures, vitals, emergency disaster and pet first aid kits.It includes two handbooks and a certificate suitable for framing. The cost is $150pp. 

 

July

July 8 Sunday 9am Pet Tech PetSaver Program in Gardner, MA. This eight hour  comprehensive, hands-on seminar covers healthy living , priorities and concerns of emergency procedures, restraining and muzzling, primary pet assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, choking, bleeding, shock, and fractures, poisoning, heat and cold injuries, insect and snake bite,seizures, vitals, emergency disaster and pet first aid kits.It includes two handbooks and a certificate suitable for framing. The cost is $150pp. 

July 11 Wednesday 8pm EST Crystals For Groomers is an introductory course explaining how crystals work and the benefit of them and other alternatives in the grooming environment.The cost is $20. 

July 15 Sunday Salon Sanitation and Mobile Groomer Safety at NEPGP SummerFest. Salon Sanitation covers the hows and why of keeping your salon clean and sanitary to prevent cross contamination between yourself, your staff, and your clients. Mobile Groomer Safety covers vehicular, work, animal, and personal safety whether you are in a van, trailer, or are housecall.

July 25 Wednesday 8pm EST Making and Using Pet First Aid Kits. It covers what should go into a pet first aid kit and how to use those items. It differentiates between dog and cat safe products. It also includes a demonstration on how to wrap an ear injury. The cost is $20.

 

August

August 4 Saturday  Pet Tech PetSaver Program in Danbury,CT. This eight hour  comprehensive, hands-on seminar covers healthy living , priorities and concerns of emergency procedures, restraining and muzzling, primary pet assessment, rescue breathing, CPR, choking, bleeding, shock, and fractures, poisoning, heat and cold injuries, insect and snake bite,seizures, vitals, emergency disaster and pet first aid kits.It includes two handbooks and a certificate suitable for framing. The cost is $150pp. 

August 4-6 Saturday through Monday Pet Tech Instructor Training in Danbury, CT. So, you want to teach pet first aid. This three day program will give you the skills and certify you to teach Pet Tech's pet first aid programs.The cost is $1495pp. 

August 15 Wednesday 8pm EST Emergency and Disaster Planning With Your Pets. This comprehensive webinar will teach you to plan effectively for disasters and other emergencies in your community with your pets in mind. From evacuations to home plans to specific disasters. The cost is $39.95. 

August 29 Wednesday 8pm EST Salon Sanitation covers the hows and why of keeping your salon clean and sanitary to prevent cross contamination between yourself, your staff, and your clients. The cost is $49.95.

 

To register for any of the webinars, go to www.pawsitiveeducationaltraining.com. The price of the live webinar includes unlimited viewings of the recorded class. All of these webinars are also always available at a reduced rate in the On Demand Library . 

To register for NEPGP's Summerfest, go to www.nepgp.com.

To register for any of the pet first aid classes, go to www.pawsitivelypretty.com/calendar.htm

 


Spring Trade Show Schedule

Beth and I will be at both the H.H.Backer Spring Retail Trade Show in Atlantic City as well as Intergroom in the Meadowlands.

On Wednesday, April 18th from 9am to 2pm at H.H.Backer, we are presenting the Four Hour Pet Tech Pet CPR, First Aid, and Care Seminar. This is a comprehensive, hands-on program. Materials covered include Bleeding and Shock, Restraining and Muzzling, Primary Pet Assessment, Rescue Breathing, CPR, Fracture and Limb Injuries, Insect Bites and Stings, Snake Bite, Seizures, First Aid Kits, Emergency Preparedness Kits, Heat and Cold Injuries, Pet Vitals, Poisoning and Poisonous Substances, Choking and Snout to Tail Assessments. Everyone will have their own stuffed dog to practice on as well as receive a handbook. The cost is $99 per person. To register for this class: Click Here.

On Sunday, April 22 from 9am to 1pm at Intergroom, Pam Pollard and I will be presenting Reiki I. This is a Level One Practitioners class. The cost is $200 per person and to register: Click Here.

On Monday, April 23 from 9am to 1pm, Beth and I will be presenting the Four Hour Pet Tech Pet CPR, First Aid, and Care Seminar.  This is a comprehensive, hands-on program. Materials covered include Bleeding and Shock, Restraining and Muzzling, Primary Pet Assessment, Rescue Breathing, CPR, Fracture and Limb Injuries, Insect Bites and Stings, Snake Bite, Seizures, First Aid Kits, Emergency Preparedness Kits, Heat and Cold Injuries, Pet Vitals, Poisoning and Poisonous Substances, Choking and Snout to Tail Assessments. Everyone will have their own stuffed dog to practice on as well as receive a handbook. The cost is $125 per person and to register: Click Here. 

To view a short four minute demo video of the pet first aid class: 

 

 


What Pawsitive Educational Training is.

Around this time last year I was teaching at Intergroom. I was getting a little annoyed that here I was at yet another trade show and was not able to take a class. I also realized that any non grooming continuing education on my part was being done via webinar. That’s when the lightbulb over my head began to flicker. I could not possibly be the only one who was at the trade shows and were involved in a booth, or competitions, or teaching, or had to pick between one or the other. What about those who could not make it to the shows? I loved taking webinars. I could take them whenever it was convenient for me and always have access to the recordings without adding to the clutter in my office. It also had the added benefit of a live class without the travel costs.

 

I designed a powerpoint, signed up for a webinar provider, and made several of my friends sit through endless versions of Salon Sanitation until I was satisfied. Rather than annoying the heck out them, I realized they were quite interested in the process and it’s possibilities. That was birth of Pawsitive Educational Training. 

 

When I first started writing my blog and speaking at trade shows, I had several experienced writers and speakers who welcomed me with open arms and offered hours of their time and friendship. I approached them as well as others who I knew to be passionate and knowledgeable about specific aspects of the grooming industry. 

 

Pawsitive Educational Training is not a business, it is a hub. We are a collection of some of the best and the brightest in our industry. We are independent of each other. We design our own programs, invest in our separate webinar providers, set our own prices, and choose our own schedules. The only thing that is mine is the website. 

For those who have never taken a webinar before, we have a link to a free "How To Take A Webinar", right on our homepage. So, come visit us at www.pawsitiveeducationaltraining.com.

 

I am proud to be part of this. The most awesome part of this is the way everybody helps each other out. A question or problem is presented and all help to resolve it.

 


Reiki I Attunement Class Spring Schedule

I have two upcoming Reiki I Attunement classes coming up.

The first is Sunday, March 25 in Danbury, CT. The cost is $150pp and to register go to www.pawsitivelypretty.com/calendar.htm. This class is limited to 5 people.

 

The second is at Intergroom on Sunday, April 22. The cost is $200pp and the class can accomodate 20 as there will be at least one other Reiki Master. To register go to www.intergroom.com.