Full Pet First Aid Curriculum

Our Pet First Aid course includes first aid topics and training to empower you to take care of your pet. We include a variety of first aid topics including help for small, young, or older pets. Included below are some examples of what you will learn in this course.

Car Accidents Car Accidents

Car accidents can be a serious problem and they can end in a multitude of injuries for both yourself and the animal. This is a major worry of pet owners since they will feel useless in this situation. It is vital to keep calm and safe. There may be an immediate danger from other cars and you may need to move the animal to safety. This may be done by using a makeshift stretcher like the parcel shelf out of a car.

Moving an animal can cause more problems for them, but oftentimes, you do not have a choice. Move the animal without bending joints or the back as much as you can. You will come across lots of possible injuries and these are covered elsewhere on this course. Stay safe and get the help of a vet as soon as possible.

You will need to be very observant to ensure you do not miss anything since animals cannot tell you if they are injured and where the injury is.


Pet Proofing your home Pet Proofing your home

Prevention is better than a cure, so make sure your home is safe. There are many dangers about the home. Pet proofing is like child proofing; animals can get into poisons, break glass or be injured in other ways.

For example, if a dog is left for long periods of time, they will get bored and look for trouble. Make sure they have food, water, and lots of toys to amuse them.

Spend some time looking at your home. Look at possible ways your pet could fall, take food, get trapped, cut, burnt, or poisoned, to name a few.


Paws and Claws Paws and Claws

Learn to take care of your cat, including trimming and taking care of its claws. Also, make sure to check regularly on how its paws are doing.


Illnesses Illnesses

Animals suffer from a wide variety of illnesses. If your dog is unwell, consult your vet. This course is not a replacement for prompt veterinary care. We can cover the basics on looking for signs and symptoms, but only so that we know there is a problem and can give accurate, helpful information to the vet. If you have an unwell animal, first aid is easy: take your pet to a vet. We will be covering dog illnesses on a later course.


Pet First Aid Curriculum Includes:

  • Introduction
    • The vet and your role in first aid
    • Keeping your pet safe in an emergency
    • Car Accidents
    • Pet proofing your home
    • How pets show pain
    • Checking your pet's health
  • Pet Accidents and First Aid
    • Breathing and respiratory problems including choking
    • Dog CPR
    • Drowning
    • Shock
    • Broken Bones
    • Spinal injury and moving an injured pet
  • Tending to your pet
    • Controlling Bleeding
    • Dressings and Bandages
    • Paw Problems
    • Ears, Eyes, and Mouth
    • Bandaging the Ear
    • Bandaging the Tail
    • Illnesses
    • Poisoning, Bites, and Stings
    • Burns and temperature related problems
    • Seizures and Epilepsy
  • Different types and sizes of animals
    • The older dog
    • Cats
    • Small dog care
    • Puppies and young animals
  • Summary of Pet First Aid
    • Pet First Aid Kits
    • Summary