First Aid for Dogs


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First Aid for Dogs – For all Dog Lovers

This course covers essential first aid for all dog owners and those working with dogs; to empower you with the skills and confidence to provide immediate emergency care for ill or injured dogs. 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 your are able to get veterinary assistance.

This course is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge to learn how to help your pet or any other dog should an accident happen. The course is ideal for those working with dogs and pet owners to gain the skills and confidence to help in an emergency until veterinary support is available. You will learn vital skills such as recognising when there is something seriously wrong. Learning how to take a dog’s pulse and do CPR if necessary, recognition and treatment for other common first aid emergencies, including dog bites, car accidents, injured limbs and poisoning. This course conforms to the latest RECOVER guidelines for veterinary CPR.

The course consists of illustrated step-by-step directions, flow charts, diagrams, videos and test-yourself sections. The course includes: prioritising injuries and managing an accident scene, CPR, recovery position, choking, bleeding, bandaging, poisoning, fitting, burns and scalds, broken bones, how to help if they have been hit by a car and much more.

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.

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.

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 queries concerning this course, please contact

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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 – recovery position and best way to transport them
Unconscious and not breathing – dog CPR
Choking and drowning
Anaphylactic shock and acute allergic reaction
Wounds and bleeding
How to treat a bleeding wound
Different types of bleeds
Embedded objects
Symptoms of shock
Treatment of shock
Bite wounds
Eye injuries
Nose bleeds
How to bandage a wounded limb
Bites and stings
Bee and wasp stings
Tick and flea bites
Snake bite
Animal bites
Breaks, sprains and dislocations
Head injuries
Spinal injuries
Road traffic accidents – how to help!
Extremes of body temperature
Heat exhaustion
Heat stroke
Useful advice
Final lesson