Preparing for a difficult situation could save a life.
Visitors to the Clermont County Park District’s winter lecture series Feb. 6 at Pattison Park Lodge learned there is a lot they can do to assist their pets in times of crisis.
“You want to be prepared for an emergency and you don’t want to panic,” said Cheryl Kocher, owner of Raise the Bar Dog Training in Cincinnati. “That’s probably the worst thing you could do.”
Kocher taught first aid and CPR for pets to an audience of about 20 people and said simply knowing what is normal for your dog or cat is helpful when something seems out of kilter.
“It’s important for owners to know their usual dog’s heart rate, breathing rate, temperature, color of their gums. Changes in those things are usually a sign of something being wrong.”
“Responsible Pet Ownership” was the fourth installment of the Park District’s first-ever winter lecture series. Previous topics included Native American culture in Southwestern Ohio, non migratory winter birds and backpacking.
Clermont County Park District Lead Naturalist Jana Marshal said the winter lecture series is a good new resource for the community.
“We wanted to get the word out about the parks,” she said. “Bringing people in to see a lot of different speakers is a good way to do that. I thought tonight’s lecture was a very informative for people with pets, a lot of things we don’t usually even think about that could help save their lives.”
The Park District partnered with Bentley’s Pet Stuff in Union Township to provide take-home treats for lecture attendees’ pets. Sweet Paws Pet Resort and Spa in Milford donated a $50 gift certificate raffled off to one lucky winner.
The final winter lecture – Bringing Nature Home – is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, at Pattison Park Lodge. Learn from a master gardeners about the importance of landscaping with native plants and turning your lawn into a haven for wildlife.
The Clermont County Park District has a variety of engaging programming for all ages. Please browse www.clermontparks.org to see what’s going on in a park location near you.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.