Pets are important members of the family and like humans, they can get sick. Cardiovascular disease is the top cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada, and while there aren’t complete statistics on pet health, our beloved pets do can get heart attacks and more often, injuries. At Victoria First Aid, we offer students a variety of programs – and that includes pet first aid and CPR.
Contacting us at Victoria First Aid
Our administrative staff at Victoria First Aid can be reached with a call or an e-mail. Our business hours are from 8 AM to 5 PM and you can contact us during that time. You can even request a tour of our facility and a sit in at an ongoing class if you ask. Our staff is very hospitable and will be glad to help you.
Pets and Injuries
When you have a pet, you will notice that its much like taking care of an energetic child. Because pets usually have a lot of energy to expend, they are at risk for getting injuries. Dogs can get cuts and bruises, and even fall down stairs and get sprains and fractures. The same goes for other pets. It is important to know how to manage first aid emergencies such as these.
As previously mentioned, cardiac emergencies also happen to pets like dogs. CPR is also the first line management for these kinds of emergencies in pets. CPR is performed by giving compressions, ventilations, and defibrillation to the victim. Compressions are used to get the heart beating by manually compressing the heart. Ventilations are used to give oxygen to the pet, through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Pet First Aid and CPR
The training program for pet first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation is four hours long and covers different topics focusing on how to manage injuries and emergencies for a variety of pets. A large portion of our curriculum is focused on the management of dogs, because they are the most common pets Canadians own.
Course topics include:
- CPR for pets (chest compressions, ventilations, and defibrillation)
- First aid for broken bones (fractures) and sprains
- Common emergencies in pets
- When a visit to the veterinarian is due
All of the skills we teach our students are practiced via return demonstration on dog mannequins. This ensures that a rescuer is able to perform the skills adequately when an actual emergency happens. Courses are divided equally into lectures and laboratory sessions.
Your Pet First Aid and CPR Credential
Unlike credentials for CPR for adults and children, credentials for pet CPR and first aid do not expire. Students don’t need to enroll in refresher classes to keep their credentials valid.
Special notes about Victoria CPR enrollment:
- There are no prerequisites for Pet First Aid and CPR.
- If you cancel your application, be sure to do so before 72 hours prior to the start of enrollment.
- Don’t bring your pet during classes. We will be providing pet training mannequins for students to practice on.
- There isn’t a dress code for our training programs, but do dress comfortable.