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Pet First Aid: Ways to Learn

by Ryan on June 28, 2014

in Pet First Aid


To enjoy a bit of fresh air, play like a kid would under the bright skies, be able to quench its thirst when needed, and be free from any type of harm that could befall it – this is the ideal life for every animal. However, not all are lucky enough to have it all. Just like people are injured due to accidents and some children find themselves in not-so-desirable conditions as a result negligence, house pets and other animals similarly suffer from injuries and illnesses such as food contamination. In these events, animals are left to suffer in silence without the aid of human intervention. But this should not always be the case. People have the option to help these creatures out in the form of pet first aid. For people who are interested in pet first aid, training is now being offered by several institutions. Some of these are listed below:

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is offering training courses throughout United States ranging from disaster preparedness, water safety and lifeguarding, babysitting, home safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator (AED) and pet first aid training. Courses offered by the American Red Cross are open to the youth, professionals, laymen, aquatic facilities and to those who are simply interested in the saidprograms. The pet first aid training course is available in several chapters within the country although training is limited for dogs and cats. One has the option to choose from the following programs: Cat First Aid, Dog First Aid, or Cat and Dog First Aid. The course can be completed in less than a day anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on the specific course selected. Courses include medicine administration, breathing and cardiac emergencies, urgent care situation management, and wound treatment to name a few. Aside from practical training courses, one will be given corresponding printed reference guides bundled into the training package. The institution’s official website also has a store where one could buy a pet first aid kit. Furthermore, the American Red Cross now has its own mobile app available for Android and iPhone users. The mobile app features instructions on how to respond to over 25 pet emergency situations.

Dogsafe Canine First Aid

Dogsafe Canine First Aid was created by Michelle Sevigny, a professional dog trainer, in order to promote canine health awareness to the community. The organization is a strong supporter to non-profit canine organizations. As implied by its name, the organization only provides training support to dog safety. This offers a total of six courses and these are: DOGSAFE® Canine First Aid – Part 1, DOGSAFE® Canine First Aid – Part 2, Operation Find Fido™ Workshop, DOGSAFE® for Puppies Workshop, DOGSAFE® Bare Bones Workshop, and DOGSAFE® Canine First Aid Part 1 Distance Education. Most of the courses can be completed within 2 to 2.5 hours except for the Canine First Aid Part 1 which needs 8 hours to complete and the Distance Education that requires at least 12 hours of coursework. When parents are enrolled, kids aged 10 years and up can be allowed to participate in said programs. The distance learning program covers the same subjects tackled in Canine First Aid Part 1, some of which include common injury prevention, response to poisoning, performing artificial respiration, and minor burn treatment. Although it’s only limited to this at this time, its creation has made dog pet care accessible in countries where pet first aid is not a common practice.

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