I’m embarrassed to admit this, but we’ve traveled for years with our dogs, and neither Rod nor I had any training in pet first aid or CPR. Ty and Buster have gone on all kinds of adventures – sometimes far from veterinary care – with two people who have almost no knowledge of what to do if one of them got sick or injured.
Even I can’t believe how irresponsible we’ve been. Of course, all the normal excuses apply … our schedules are full, it’s difficult to locate a course, something else came up. Thankfully, our laxity hasn’t come back to bite us in the butt! But being lucky is not a plan, so I decided to make a change for the new year, and it was easier than I thought!
Over the summer, I’d bookmarked a post about Melanie Monteiro’s new online course for dog owners and pet professionals to learn dog CPR, first aid, and safety. You may know Melanie as the author of “The Safe Dog Handbook,” which has been endorsed by top veterinarians – she’s an award-winning writer, dog safety and lifestyle expert, and pet first aid instructor. I especially appreciate her precise and friendly style, and knew her course would be complete and easy to follow.
When it came down to it, setting aside one morning to prepare myself to help Ty or Buster in an emergency wasn’t hard at all. I signed into the “Dog CPR, First Aid & Safety for Pet Pros & Dedicated Owners” online course, and spent three hours obtaining a good base knowledge in the following areas:
The course is broken down into concise, single-topic lessons, so you can go at your own pace, and come back to it later if something comes up. Watching the video demonstrations with real dogs made everything easy to understand, and Melanie’s explanations not only of the actions to take, but also why they’re important, were especially helpful.
Afterward, I spent a couple more hours gathering information and putting it in my cell phone, downloading and familiarizing myself with some helpful apps, and adding to our first aid kit, based on this list provided in the course (reprinted here with permission):
I also recommend getting “The Safe Dog Handbook,” for your first aid kit so you have it to reference if you need it in a crisis.
The course normally costs $60, and you have unlimited access, so you can go back and refresh your memory as often as needed. It was such a worthwhile investment to keep Ty and Buster safer as we’re traveling, I wish I’d done it long ago!
Melanie agrees that it’s important for all pet travelers to know pet first aid, so she’s provided a 30% discount to all of our readers – just use discount code GoPetFriendly when you register for the course!
Disclosure: I received the online course and book mentioned in this post free of charge. That said, we do not receive any commission or affiliate compensation on any purchases you might make based on our advice. The opinions expressed here are my own. Just mine. Unless they’re yours, too.
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