Pets are notorious for getting injuries. Pet dogs, with the rambunctiousness, often get cuts and bruises when they play around. These small injuries are easy enough to manage, but even the smallest of cuts can become infected if left untreated. When your pet animal gets injured, the best person to seek help from is a veterinarian. However, there are some things you can do at home to stabilize your pet’s injury to prevent it from worsening.
Pet First Aid and CPR at Winnipeg First Aid
Winnipeg First Aid is one of the few training providers of Pet First Aid and CPR training in the country. It is a classroom-based program that runs for four hours, inclusive of lecture and laboratory sessions. Students who are able to complete the program are granted with Pet First Aid and CPR credentials that do not expire.
In a Pet First Aid and CPR program with us, you will learn how to manage the following emergencies:
- Cardiac arrest
We always advise pet owners to keep a separate first aid kit for the pets, to prevent the spread of infection as well as to prevent using substances for humans on the pet (which can be dangerous; e.g. adhesives shouldn’t be used to pet’s fur, only use it to secure two sides of a bandage or gauze together). Also, remember to keep your pet’s history in the first aid kit, along with the contact details of your veterinarian and pet emergency hotlines.
Your Pet First Aid and CPR Credential
Pet First Aid and CPR credentials do not expire like our credentials offered for BLS and ACLS training. While we don’t have refresher classes available for this course, you can retake it whenever you want to for an update.
Attending to an Injured Pet
Injured pets, no matter how nice or gentle the pet is, are very aggressive. If you try to tend to their wounds or injured area, you will most likely be bitten or barked at. This is why we teach our students the important of muzzling and immobilizing. Pet first aid kits should always have a soft leash or cloth that can be used to muzzle the pet. Smaller pets such as cats can be immobilized with a towel or piece of linen. After the pet has been calmed and immobilized, you can proceed to tending to the pets injury.
Remember, after you have given the pet first aid and he or she has been stabilized, bring him or her immediately to the veterinarian. Professional help is a must when tending to a pet’s injuries.
Pet First Aid and CPR at Winnipeg First Aid is easy to enroll in. You can sign up using the form below or visiting us in person during office hours (8am to 5pm). You may call us during those times as well, or send us an e-mail at any time of the day.