Pet owners can be leery about learning how to administer "mouth to snout" CPR to a dog.
"But we push the fact that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's, and that helps them get over their initial reservations," said Kathy Jenkins, the American Red Cross coordinator in Mohave County.
The Red Cross will help pet owners learn CPR for dogs and cats during an American Red Cross pet first aid class offered Wednesday.
Most of the 200 pet owners who have taken the class in Mohave County during the past year and a half find the CPR techniques - practiced on mannequins - awkward.
"They have a difficult time doing the mouth to snout," Jenkins said.
"But we push the fact that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a humans and it is something that needs to be done."
Jenkins said watching pet owners practice CPR on mannequins during class has its humorous moments, but there is a serious purpose behind the CPR technique.
"The class teaches them basic first aid to save the animal's life until they can get it to a vet," she said.
CPR on a dog is almost the same as on a human, except that compressions are done on the rib cage with a dog on its side.
Pet owners also learn first aid procedures, such as how to remove a cactus needle from a dog's paw, how to treat injuries, what to do if a pet chokes, how to remove a tick, and the proper hydration of animals, especially during the summer.
Another class will begin at 6 p.m.
Wednesday in the Chicago Title building, 2701 E.
Andy Devine, Suite 117.
Jenkins, who has two dogs, a cat and a fish, said pet first aid and CPR is one of the most popular classes, along with a first aid and safety class for humans.
Other Red Cross classes offered during January in Kingman are first aid and adult CPR, CPR for the professional rescuer, a first aid/CPR/AED instructor course, first aid with adult, infant and child CPR, wilderness first aid basics and sport safety training.
First aid with adult and infant and child CPR classes also are offered in Dolan Springs.
Call the American Red Cross Office in Kingman at 753-1402 to register for classes and for the time, place and fee for each class.