Cat and Dog first aid!! Here’s some stuff I learned:

- pet first aid is not meant to replace vet care, most of the material covered was just about recognizing when a pet needs to go to the vet and temporary fixes (like wound bandaging) until the animal can see a vet

- in order to assess when a pet is in trouble, I first had to learn what is normal for animals! This section covered breathing rates, capillary refill, hydration tests, temperature, heart rate, and mucous membranes.

- the 3 first aid modules covered in my course were breathing and cardiac emergencies, wounds and bleeding, and seizures. I’ve taken a first aid course for humans in the past, and some of this content was pretty similar between humans and pets, but some was super different! For example, pet CPR has different procedures depending on the size and breed of the dog/cat.

- my course also included a preventative care module which was SUPER useful. It includes info about vets, nutrition, exercise, grooming, and emergency preparation and prevention.

All in all, I’m really glad that I took the course and got my certification because it helped me a lot. However, I had to pay for the course, and I realize that this isn’t accessible for every pet owner. The American Kennel Club has some really good free resources on the topic of pet first aid! If this sounds like something you would want, dm me and I’ll send you the link!

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