Caring for a Pet
Taking care of a pet is much like taking care of a child. Pets can be found in most homes in Canada, cared for like a member of the family. When a pet dog or cat gets hurt, it is important to manage them quickly and effectively before sending them to see a veterinarian. If you work with pets or own one at home, it is important to receive pet first aid and CPR training.
Grande Prairie First Aid is one of the few providers of Pet First Aid and CPR training in Canada. Despite our low training fees, the quality of our programs is still very high – which is why training credentials you receive from us are valid all over the country, not just in Alberta.
Pet First Aid and CPR at Grande Prairie First Aid
Grande Prairie First Aid has monthly Pet First Aid and CPR training available. It is a four-hour training classroom program. It focuses on the basic skills needed to manage pet emergencies. The course curriculum includes topics such as wound care, poisoning management, and circulatory and respiratory emergencies.
Pet First Aid and CPR costs 79.99 dollars, plus tax. The fees include certification, training manuals, and hand-outs.
Credentials for pet first aid and CPR do not expire nor are refresher courses required. However, you may retake training as often as you need.
Signing up for training at Grande Prairie First Aid
Online enrollment is available below 24/7, along with a list of available schedules. Pet First Aid and CPR training is only available monthly, which is why slots get filled up early. If you enroll online, your slot will get confirmed during the next business day. Personal enrollment is much more direct; if you enroll during office hours, your slot gets confirmed immediately. Depending on your availability, both options are very accessible.
Getting your training started
Pets that are hurt are aggressive. No matter how gentle the pet is, when they are injured, they can hurt even their owners. It is hard to tell if a pet is injured or unwell, because they are unable to express themselves directly. If a pet is acting with low energy and becoming aggressive, assume that they have been injured. When management is called for, larger animals have to be muzzled and smaller animals immobilized.
Traveling with pets
In a Pet First Aid and CPR training course, we emphasize the importance of having a separate first aid kit for your pet. The same goes for traveling. If you are traveling with a pet animal, pack a small travel-size kit with gauze pads, bandages, adhesive tapes, and antibacterial solution. Other important things to note:
- Keep your pet’s medical history and veterniarian’s number in the kit
- The pet should always be wearing an ID tag, with the owner’s name, address, and contact details
Enroll early so you don’t run out of slots. If you have any questions, just contact us via e-mail or telephone call.