Full Canine First Aid Curriculum

Our Canine First Aid course includes first aid topics and training to empower you to take care of your pet. We include a variety of first aid topics including help for small, young, or older dogs. Included below are some examples of what you will learn in this course.

Car Accidents Car Accidents

Car accidents can be a serious problem and they can end in a multitude of injuries for both yourself and the animal. This is a major worry of pet owners since they will feel useless in this situation. It is vital to keep calm and safe. There may be an immediate danger from other cars and you may need to move the animal to safety. This may be done by using a makeshift stretcher like the parcel shelf out of a car.

Moving an animal can cause more problems for them, but oftentimes, you do not have a choice. Move the animal without bending joints or the back as much as you can. You will come across lots of possible injuries and these are covered elsewhere on this course. Stay safe and get the help of a vet as soon as possible.

You will need to be very observant to ensure you do not miss anything since animals cannot tell you if they are injured and where the injury is. 


Pet Proofing your home Pet Proofing your home

Prevention is better than cure, so ensuring the areas that animals are kept safe is very important. Finding all dangers is not easy but by taking a little time to look over your home could prevent an accident from happening.

Some areas you can look out for dangers are:

  • Garden Fences
  • Garden chemicals like slug pellets
  • Plants as may be toxic
  • Windows
  • Outside glass like tables or garages
  • Outside electrical connections
  • Heaters, shock, burns
  • Shelves
  • Electrical cables 
  • Front door 
  • Stairs
  • Cookers 
  • Kettles  
  • Knives 
  • Electrical appliances  
  • Gas boilers, fumes


Paw Problems Paw Problems

Injuries to paws are very common, especially with dogs. Sometimes they can be brushed off gently with your hand or stones stuck between the pads can be pulled out easily. However, some small thorns may need to be removed using tweezers as close to the skin as possible.

As animals are active, they will want to walk on the affected leg. You may find that they simply hold the leg up and walk on three legs. Restraining and stressing the dog can cause more problems.

Snow and ice can also cause a dog pain. There can be freezing between the pad. If this happens, a dog will limp or hold the paw off the ground. You will need to carefully remove any snow and slowly warm and dry the paw in warm(not hot) water.  Similarly, in very hot climates the surface of pavements and roads can become extremely hot. In these cases, it is best to walk your dog early in the morning or later on in the evening if walking on the streets cannot be avoided.


Pets and Illnesses Pets and Illnesses

There are many types of illness, far too many to include them all on this course. Understanding every illness is not vital but understanding when something is wrong is important as early recognition of an illness will enable treatment before it gets too serious.

Firstly you need to know what a healthy dog is like then you know when something is wrong.

They should be bright, alert and moving about freely.  They will hold their head in the normal position and their tail will be in its usual places not firmly between their legs. Their skin will be clean and with no irritations. Also with no black dots which could indicate flees or insects.

Eyes will be open and bright and free of any unusual discharge.  The eyes will be normal colour and no redness or blood in the eyes.

Ears will be clean and free of dirt and free of any odour.

Their mouth will be clean, normal coloured gums, no excessive saliva.

There will be no excessive or unusual discharge from the nose.

Under their tail will be clean and no irritations.

Paws clean and not swollen, red or tender to touch.

If you know what normal is for your pet you should easily know when something is wrong.

Signs are things you observe and symptoms are what the patient tells you. With animals, unfortunately, you do not have symptoms because they cannot tell you but they have a lot of ways they give you signs that you can observe and act on.

Conditions that could be the wrong include:

Parasites which can be seen by licking, scratching or redness on the skin. Or you may see hair loss or you may see the parasite like a flea or a tick.

Eye disorders which will show discharge, blood in the eyes or sight problems.

Heart problems which show as weakness, exhaustion, fainting pain and lack of energy.

Bone and joint problems showing as lameness, discomfort or paralysis.

Mouth and tooth disorders showing as blood in the mouth, growths or tumours, bad breath or redness. Also excessive salvia and reluctance to eat.

Nervous disorders including seizures and fits.

Digestive disorders showing as vomiting, tenderness around the stomach, diarrhoea, weight loss or weight gain.

Urinary disorders showing as frequent urination, problems urination, blood in the urine, foul smells and discharge.

Respiratory disorders showing as coughing, breathing noises, wheezing, sneezing, laboured breathing or discharge from the nose.

If you notice any of these problems or signs that you do not know what they are, you need to ask your vet.  Your vet will need to know as much as possible so remember or write down what you see. The vet will examine your pet and carry out tests. 


Canine First Aid Curriculum Includes:

  • Introduction to canine first aid 
    • Introduction to canine first aid
    • What is pet first aid and why do we need it 
    • The vet and your role in first aid 
    • When is veterinary care required 
    • Keeping your pet safe in an emergency
    • Car accidents 
    • Pet proofing your home 
    • How pets show pain 
    • Checking the health of your pet 
  • Accidents and first aid 
    • Breathing and respiratory problems including choking 
    • Dog CPR
    • Drowning and treatment
    • Shock 
    • Broken bones 
    • Spinal injury and moving an injured pet 
  • Medical conditions 
    • Controlling bleeding 
    • Dressings and bandages
    • Paw problems 
    • Ears, eyes and mouth 
    • Bandaging the ear 
    • Bandaging the tail
    • Illnesses
    • Digestive process
    • Vomiting in animals 
    • Poisoning, bites and stings 
    • Burns and temperature problems 
    • Seizures and epilepsy 
    • Choking
    • Snake bites on pets 
    • Ticks 
    • Insect Stings 
  • Different types and sizes of dogs
    • The older dog
    • Small dog care 
    • Puppies and young animals
    • Summary of pet first aid 
    • Pets and fireworks
    • Pet first aid kits 
    • Summary of pet first aid