Pet First Aid and CPR in Canada
Pet First Aid and CPR is not a very common training program in Canada but it has been gaining popularity in the recent years. If you are the owner of a pet or work with pets in your occupation, it pays to know how to give pet first aid and CPR. Handling pets is much like taking care of a small energetic child and the same can be said for managing pet injuries and emergencies.
Mississauga First Aid has a monthly Pet First Aid and CPR course available to any one interested in learning how to manage pet emergencies. It is a certification course, meaning we award students with training credentials once they complete training. Credentials are valid for life; no need for refreshers or renewal.
Training at Mississauga First Aid
The Pet First Aid and CPR class at Mississauga First Aid is available monthly. It runs for four hours and costs 79.99 dollars. You can see our available schedules below, along with our internet application form. The online form is the most convenient one to sign up for our training program but we will only be able to confirm your slot during the next business day. If you wish to confirm your slot immediately, you can enroll in person during our business hours from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Our program curriculum is focused on common pet emergencies, particularly:
- Cuts and bruises
- Sprains and fractures
- Cardiac and respiratory emergencies
There is a final exam at the end of training that you need to pass in order to be certified. Certificates do not expire, as previously mentioned, and students don’t have to take refresher courses every few years. We do encourage certified trainees to retake the course every few years for an update.
Getting started on training: Fractures
Pets are quite at risk for getting fractures, especially if they fall off something. Here are some basic management skills to stabilize your pet before you bring them to the veterinarian.
- Muzzle or immobilize your pet. Pet animals such as dogs or cats become very aggressive when injured and then can bite or scratch you if you try to help them. Even the most behaved pets change their demeanor if they are in pain. Wrap a soft leash or piece of linen around a dogs mouth or wrap a cat in linen to immobilize him or her.
- Lay your pet down on a flat surface.
- Immobilize your pet’s injured limb with a splint or by immobilizing your pets entire body. Splinting is taught in details in a Pet First Aid and CPR class.
- Use a stiff board when transferring your pet or a sling (made out of a rug or blanket).
After you have stabilized your pet, bring him or her to a veterinarian immediately. Even minor injuries can become serious if not managed by a professional. Fractures are especially dangerous, as a pet can injure himself/herself even more without proper medical management.
Visit Mississauga First Aid today and get certified.