Ever since Lola Pug was a crazy (and I do mean crazy) little pup, I have wanted to take a pet first aid course, just so I could be prepared to at least not make things worse if Bad Things happened.
11 years later, with a few emergencies under my belt, but also with a senior pug on my hands, I finally decided to bite the bullet, and off we went together to take the Walks n Wags Pet First Aid certification course.
The course I chose to take was all in one day (yay!), and it clocked in at a hefty 10 hours, so Lola P and I settled in to learn and, much to my delight, have a lot of fun.
Well. I had fun. I mean…
…have you ever seen a pug in a pug muzzle?
…well now you have, Clarice.
I wasn’t sure who else would be at the class, but it was a great mix of dog professionals (trainers, walkers, groomers, etc), and folks like me, who love their dogs – all dogs – and simply want to be better prepared to help in an emergency.
The first, and actually most impressive, rule of Pet First Aid?
You are NOT A VET! GET TO A VET!
And while you work to get to a vet, here are some things you can do to help….
We learned how to identify lots of problems and issues, and then we moved on to practice bandaging a whole host of the more common cat and canine body injuries. And we met some lovely fellow participants in the process.
…all of whom were about as equally thrilled to be our live and squirmy test models. We were fortunate to have stuffies there to practice on, as well.
After a much needed lunch break, we got into the more exhausting topics, like choking, AR, and CPR. Now, supervising is what Lola does best, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise that she seemed to enjoy this segment most of all.
She even got into the action to help! …or something….
All of the human brains got filled up with some really great experiences and learning, and as we sat down to take the exam at the end of our full day, the pups were able to take a rest while we applied our knowledge to the certification exam.
I wrote my exam with a certain little pug lying on my lap and stamping on my bladder, but I somehow still managed to pass with flying colours. And so did Lola P!
A huge thank you to Margaret Pender from DogGone Right! for being such a great first aid teacher, and thanks to the folks at Walks n Wags for creating such a comprehensive, inclusive, interactive, and fun course.
Just to note – I was not compensated for this blog post. I am genuinely impressed with the course and the materials covered in it, and I am very happy and relieved that I finally became a certified Pet First Aid responder. Lola Pug might tell you a different story, but I think she secretly loved being there, as well.