December 5, 2018

I had my dog for 19 years. Over that time we had a wide variety of emergencies anywhere from him ingesting or chewing on wall insulation, a piano and even a feminine hygiene product. He ran head on into a closed sliding glass door, encountered an opossum, a Doberman (the Doberman ran off) and once or twice a 2 legged critter.  This was a city dog but sometimes the country came knocking.

He also jumped out of a moving car to impress a very cute poodle. He was fine and sitting right next to her by the time I stopped and ran to find him. The window was partial open and I didn’t think was enough for him to slip through but I guess with the right motivation anything is possible.

Then as his time came to a close he had multiple maladies and trying to do what was best was difficult.

His name was Smokey and he was the best.


For years I’ve trained others to save human lives. Now it’s time to include our precious furry friends.

So after I completed a canine casualty course with law enforcement handlers I received requests to teach a civilian version. We’ve seen and experienced earthquakes, fires and floods. Who saves the ones that can’t always save themselves? They comfort us when we’re sad, jump with our joy and eat right alongside. Our constant and loyal companions who don’t complain sometimes need our help. What do we do for the minor emergencies and how do we deal with the more severe until we can get our pet to the Vet?

Over the years, we at My Health Studio have worked hard to stay educated, assisting humans to help in various emergencies and in response to a growing demand, we have crafted a Pet CPR & First Aid course. Our Pet Hero Certified Training is ideal for anyone who works with animals, owns animals or simply wants to become more prepared in dealing with pet emergencies. The full course outline can be found on the Pet CPR & First Aid Page HERE. Attendees will gain confidence and skills necessary to tend to unexpected pet emergencies until professional veterinary attention is acquired. Becoming pet first aid certified by an accredited organization sends your clients the message that you are not only a credible professional, but that you truly care about their cat or dog. Upon completion of the course, you earn a 2-year certification in pet first aid and are able to print a personal wall certificate verifying your completion of the course and listing the topics you’ve learned.

For further information, call Scott McIntyre at 805-660-3782 or email

November 6, 2017

End The Trauma.

It hurts when we lose someone close to us. We can’t end all suffering and death in our lives as it a part of being alive. There are, however, things we can do to prevent it from causing more damage. With trauma being the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46, stopping the bleed is important. In 1-3 minutes bleeding can be fatal. Empty a 2-liter bottle sometime. It empties fast. And, if it’s an arterial bleed, it’s even faster. We hear about CPR a lot and that nationally less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. Forty-five percent of heart attacks occur among people under 65 years of age.  Ventura County leads the nation in successful 911 cardiac calls and bystander assistance but that’s Ventura County. Where do you live and work?

TraumaThe solution? Learn both. Become part of the local vanguard. Do something. When seconds count and help is miles away, you may be the determining factor. If you don’t have a tourniquet, get one. If you have one, get another. People who were at the Las Vegas shooting reported seeing bystanders using belts as tourniquets. The trick with tourniquets is, when applied successfully, there is no bleed and no pulse. If you still have a pulse in that extremity you’re doing it wrong. Learn how to pack a wound because you can’t use a tourniquet for all forms of trauma. Learn pressure points and how to slow and stop the flow. CPR is hard and fast in the middle of the chest. Nothing fancy just do it.

I hope you’ll never need these skills but knowing you can may help ease the pain. Preparedness for disaster scenarios, including trauma, can be the difference between living with a loss and knowing you prevented a death.

October 16, 2017

How Risk Perception is Affected by Identity Protective Cognition

There is a tendency to treat every event in our lives just like the previous. Instead we should focus on the current event as a standalone, unique, unrelated related episode (until proven otherwise). You go out on a bunch of calls one day and they’re all heart related. So, you go into the next call expecting the same. True there may be similarities and the experiences we have gained will help.

My doctor once said “you can be the first in your family to start a family history”. It proved to be true many months ago when a blood test revealed I was within a few hours of dying even though I just didn’t feel right. I had no personal or family history of this kind of ailment. I’ve had times over the years where I didn’t feel right and nothing much came of it. Time passed and I felt better again until the next time and the next time. A few days in ICU and an operation showed how wrong one can be. Seriously wrong.

During Hurricane Katrina a victim was remembered as saying that his house was over 100 years old and had survived more than its share of bad weather so he was going to stay put. He was right. The house survived but he died of a heart attack in his attic as the waters rose, alone, waiting for the storm to pass.

Nassau County Public Health has a 120 hour plan. When a bad storm is within 120 hours of hitting the area they start the plan which includes evacuation of at risk patients. No discussion. In this instance, time is your enemy and it doesn’t go back to get you. Identity protective cognition almost forces you not to change your mind. Your long held beliefs and experiences can be a hindrance in light of new events.

As I said earlier, similarities and experience are helpful. Very helpful. We don’t start out with a blank slate. That is where the confidence and competence comes that we need to deal with obstacles. We improvise, adapt and overcome.

If all else fails, remember what Lucy said in Peanuts. “If you can’t be right, be wrong at the top of your lungs.”