Canine First Aid Course

1 Day Canine First Aid and Training Course

1 Day Canine First Aid and Training Course

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Canine First Aid
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This course counts for 8 hours CPD

1 Day Canine First Aid Course

This 1 day Canine First Aid course is of relevance for anyone working with dogs in a veterinary, animal charity or private business capacity as well as for interested dog owners. First Aid training must be kept up to date and this course can also be undertaken as a refresher/update course for professionals or CPD training.

It covers the principles and rules of first aid for dogs as well as the Animal Welfare Act. Learn how to improvise items such as stretchers, splints & muzzles and restrain, carry and transport injured canines.

You will about the principles of First Aid and the main purpose of First Aid.  The course covers many types of injury/illness, what should be done in the event of heavy bleeding, electrocution, broken limb, heat stroke, hypothermia, resuscitation, CPR, road traffic accidents, choking, drowning, shock etc.  In this comprehensive first aid course, students will learn how to transport an injured dog, canine bandaging, muzzling, common sources of poison in the house and garden, bites and stings, fits and much more. This intensive course also includes information about wounds and how to apply dressings. 

The course provides theory and an opportunity to practice what you would do in the event of an emergency. A graded certificate will be issued on successful passing of the assessment at the end of the course.

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There are a number of learning outcomes for this course as follows:

  • Understand the basic principles of first aid for dogs
  • Understand how to handle an injured dog
  • Understand how to use an improvised first aid equipment
  • Understand how to administer CPR

Whether you are a dog owner or a professional working with dogs, having a good understanding of canine first aid and how to administer emergency treatment is essential.

This course covers the objectives and rules of first aid, what should be included in a first aid kit and in creating a safe environment. It also shows methods of improvising items such as muzzles, stretchers and splints and explains how to carry or restrain injured animals.

“First Aid” is the initial steps taken following an accident, illness or injury. First aid does not mean making a diagnosis or giving any medication

Its aim is to promote a good recovery. Expert help should be called ASAP. First Aid does not replace expert help.

Carry out a risk assessment to assess danger to the animal and yourself – is it a suitable place for first aid treatment or can the animal be moved?

In most instances the best actions for first aid of a serious injury are:

• Reducing blood flow from a bleed

• Notifying the veterinary surgery

• Restraining the animal for transport

• Maintaining the animal’s body temperature

• Taking them immediately to the veterinary surgery

Important note: Emergency treatment and first aid for animals should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. But it may save a dog’s life before you can get them to a veterinary surgeon.

The course covers drowning, vomiting and diarrhoea, poisoning, what should be in your first aid kit, and medical emergencies such as bloat. The course also covers burns, bites and stings, shock, electrocution, choking, how to administer CPR including checking a dogs pulse and breathing.

“Casper” is on hand for practice carrying out CPR and “Bob” the collie is happy to oblige with bandaging, muzzling and carrying an injured dog.

The course provides theoretical knowledge and an opportunity to practice what you would do in the event of an emergency. For quality purposes, this course has a maximum of 8 participants.

We take a look at various types of fits, hyperthermia and hypothermia and how to restrain and bandage an injured dog and various options for carrying an injured dog. You will practice various dressings for different types of injury.

First Aid actions are only the initial responses to an emergency and should not be thought of as the only actions to take that will ensure the dog’s welfare.
First Aid actions are temporary, preventative methods that attempt to minimise a worsened health condition.

At the end of the day participants will work through various emergency scenarios providing an opportunity for graded assessments. A graded certificate will be issued on successful passing of the assessment at the end of the course.

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