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 cure, so ensuring the areas that animals are kept safe is very important. Finding all dangers is not easy but by taking a little time to look over your home could prevent an accident from happening.

Some areas you can look out for dangers are:

  • Garden Fences
  • Garden chemicals like slug pellets
  • Plants as may be toxic
  • Windows
  • Outside glass like tables or garages
  • Outside electrical connections
  • Heaters, shock, burns
  • Shelves
  • Electrical cables 
  • Front door 
  • Stairs
  • Cookers 
  • Kettles  
  • Knives 
  • Electrical appliances  
  • Gas boilers, fumes

Paws and Claws Paws and Claws

Now we are going have a lookout with cats and kittens, the foot, and also the claws. So, what is different about a cat's claws and feet compared with a dog's?

You need to clip their claws if they are going to be indoors. An indoor cat, you need to clip their claws, because you do not want them scratching on your furniture, and also supply them with a scratching post, and you can train them to go use a scratching post by putting a little bit of catnip on it which they are attracted to, and if you keep their claws, just nip the ends of the claws off, then it saves them scratching young children unintentionally.

You need to take the kitten where the mother would hold the kitten when they are babies, and just hold her there and turn her on her back. Now this sort of immobilizes her because this is how her mother would pick her up when you see them moving them if they want to move them around, so she becomes immobilised and floppy. And I've only gently got her on the back of her neck, and then support her back end so she is all lovely and floppy.

Definitely for two people. So, if you want to take her as I have just shown you. You just take her back of the neck, and then I will just take a claw, and we have got the dewclaw at the top of the leg there, and it literally just snips the end off. And again, you just get hold of the claw and just push the claw out. And again, just snip the end off, and she's purring away as we are doing it. And that is one paw done. And if you do this from when they are little, they are always used to having it done, and then there is no need to take them to the vet to have it done. It does not need doing that often, it is just as and when you think their claws have got a little bit sharp. And so, when they grow up and they are bigger, they are used to having it done so they are not going to put up any resistance.

So, in clipping the claws there, we are using proper clippers. And these are not that expensive, are they, to actually buy in the shop? But what should you not be used?

Do not use scissors. If you use the proper equipment, then it is very easy to do and there is not going to be any accidents.

When you did that, obviously you just took the very end off. If you did go too far is there a chance, then of the claw bleeding?

Yes, because there is the wick of the nail, so it is very important, say to do it more often, but only take the very end off. So, you are actually just taking the very sharp end bit off, rather than think, "Oh, well I will do it, and then it will not need doing for a long time." You have to be very careful not to, obviously take it down too far. And also, on certain cats it is very easy to see because she has light coloured claws, some cats have black claws, so it is more difficult to see. So, it is very important only to take the very end bit off.

Pets and Illnesses Pets and Illnesses

There are many types of illness, far too many to include them all on this course. Understanding every illness is not vital but understanding when something is wrong is important as early recognition of an illness will enable treatment before it gets too serious.

Firstly you need to know what a healthy dog is like then you know when something is wrong.

They should be bright, alert and moving about freely.  They will hold their head in the normal position and their tail will be in its usual places not firmly between their legs. Their skin will be clean and with no irritations. Also with no black dots which could indicate flees or insects.

Eyes will be open and bright and free of any unusual discharge.  The eyes will be normal colour and no redness or blood in the eyes.

Ears will be clean and free of dirt and free of any odour.

Their mouth will be clean, normal coloured gums, no excessive saliva.

There will be no excessive or unusual discharge from the nose.

Under their tail will be clean and no irritations.

Paws clean and not swollen, red or tender to touch.

If you know what normal is for your pet you should easily know when something is wrong.

Signs are things you observe and symptoms are what the patient tells you. With animals, unfortunately, you do not have symptoms because they cannot tell you but they have a lot of ways they give you signs that you can observe and act on.

Conditions that could be the wrong include:

Parasites which can be seen by licking, scratching or redness on the skin. Or you may see hair loss or you may see the parasite like a flea or a tick.

Eye disorders which will show discharge, blood in the eyes or sight problems.

Heart problems which show as weakness, exhaustion, fainting pain and lack of energy.

Bone and joint problems showing as lameness, discomfort or paralysis.

Mouth and tooth disorders showing as blood in the mouth, growths or tumours, bad breath or redness. Also excessive salvia and reluctance to eat.

Nervous disorders including seizures and fits.

Digestive disorders showing as vomiting, tenderness around the stomach, diarrhoea, weight loss or weight gain.

Urinary disorders showing as frequent urination, problems urination, blood in the urine, foul smells and discharge.

Respiratory disorders showing as coughing, breathing noises, wheezing, sneezing, laboured breathing or discharge from the nose.

If you notice any of these problems or signs that you do not know what they are, you need to ask your vet.  Your vet will need to know as much as possible so remember or write down what you see. The vet will examine your pet and carry out tests. 

Pet First Aid Curriculum Includes:

  • Introduction to Pet First Aid
    • Pet First Aid Course Overview
    • Pet First Aid Course Overview
    • Endorsed Pet First Aid Certificate Option
    • Pet First Aid and the Law
    • The Vet and Your Role in First Aid
    • When is Veterinary Care Required
    • Keeping Your Pet Safe in an Emergency
    • Car Accidents
    • Pet Proofing Your Home
    • How Pets Show Pain
    • Checking Your Pet's Health and Finding Out What is Normal
    • Taking a Pulse
  • CPR, Pet Accidents and First Aid
    • What to do if your cat has an accident
    • Breathing and Respiratory Problems
    • CPR Introduction
    • Pet CPR
    • Pet CPR Practical Demonstration
    • Drowning Introduction
    • Drowning and Treatment
    • Shock
    • Pet Fractures Treatment
    • Spinal injury and moving an injured pet
  • Medical Conditions
    • Types of Bleeding
    • Dressings, bandages and Controlling Bleeding
    • Pet Wrap Bandages
    • Paw Problems
    • Ears, Eyes, and Mouth
    • Bandaging the Ear
    • Bandaging the Tail
    • Bandage Aftercare
    • Digestive Process
    • Vomiting in Animals
    • Pets and Illnesses
    • Poisoning, Bites, and Stings
    • High Temperatures and Heatstroke
    • Hypothermia
    • Seizures and Epilepsy
    • Choking Overview
    • Choking
    • Snake Bites on Pets
    • Ticks
    • Insect Stings
    • Fly Strike 
  • Different types and sizes of animals
    • The older dog
    • Small dog care
    • Puppies and young animals
  • Summary of Pet First Aid
    • Pets and Fireworks 
    • Pet First Aid Kits
    • Advanced Pet First Aid Kits
    • Summary of Pet First aid
    • Summary of Pet First Aid App