Essential First Aid for Dogs




Essential First Aid for Dogs

For all dog lovers: prompt emergency first aid reduces pain and suffering and could save your dog’s life.

The Essential First Aid for Dogs course covers essential first aid for all dog owners and those working with dogs; to empower you with the skills and confidence to help your pet or any other dog should an accident happen. Giving appropriate and immediate emergency treatment has been shown to reduce suffering, improve recovery and could save your pet’s life in those first vital minutes before you are able to get veterinary assistance.

The course is designed as an introduction to basic first aid for your dog. For a more comprehensive course please see our First Aid for Dogs course, which is equivalent to 6 hours verifiable CPD. These courses all conform to the latest RECOVER guidelines for veterinary CPR.

It is impossible to cover all eventualities within this course, or to equip you with the knowledge and skills to appropriately diagnose and treat in unpredictable real life situations. If you suspect illness or injury, you should always seek immediate professional medical or veterinary advice.

Fully compatible with all computers and mobile devices, continuous access for 12 months, stop and start as often as you like and print your certificate on completion.

The author has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the course, however this course is merely a guide and the author does not accept any liability or responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any mistreatment or misdiagnosis of any person or animal, however caused.

The course material has been written by Emma Hammett, qualified nurse, first aid trainer and founder of First Aid for Life in conjunction with other medical, first aid, animal and veterinary professionals. If you have any questions concerning this course, please contact

Course contents:

Action in an emergency
Keep yourself safe
Priorities of treatment
Preparing for an emergency
How to muzzle a dog
Helpful information
What to put in your first aid kit
What the vet needs to know
The primary survey – how to help in an emergency
Breathing and circulation
Unresponsive and breathing
Choking and drowning
Head injuries
Useful advice
Final lesson