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Pet First Aid


Our pets are more than just animals; they are cherished members of our families. Just like humans, our furry companions can face unexpected health emergencies, and being prepared to handle these situations is crucial. That's why we're excited to share that we have added accredited Pet First Aid courses to our portfolio at Slanjava Learning.

In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of pet first aid and provide a glimpse into what these courses have to offer.

A yellow Labrador with a first aid kit in its mouth. Purple filter applied
A Pet First Aid kit.

The Importance of Pet First Aid.

Our pets can encounter a variety of emergencies, from minor injuries to more serious health issues. Understanding how to respond promptly and effectively can make all the difference in ensuring your pet's well-being. Pet first aid is not just for professional caregivers; it's a valuable skill that every pet owner should possess. Just like with humans, administering the right care in a timely manner can significantly improve the outcome for your furry friend.

The Aims of Pet First Aid.

The aims of pet first aid are similar to those of first aid for humans, with the primary goal being to provide immediate care and assistance to animals in emergency situations. The specific aims of pet first aid include:

  1. Preserving Life: The main objective is to assess and stabilise the pet's condition to prevent further harm and promote survival. This includes administering basic life support measures such as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) if necessary.

  2. Preventing Further Injury: Pet first aid aims to minimise the risk of additional harm or injury to the animal. This involves identifying and addressing potential dangers in the environment and taking steps to protect the pet and yourself.

  3. Promoting Recovery: Providing appropriate first aid can contribute to a faster and smoother recovery for the pet. This may involve administering basic care, such as wound cleaning and bandaging, to reduce the risk of infection and support healing.

Video of the Week | Pet First Aid Level 2 (VTQ)

Who Should Take These Courses?

Our Pet First Aid courses are suitable for pet owners, pet sitters, dog walkers, groomers, and anyone who spends time with animals. Whether you're a seasoned pet professional or a new pet parent, this course will empower you to provide immediate and effective care when your pet needs it most. The courses mainly cover dogs and cats, as it is not possible to list every type of animal for every skill.

Each delegate will receive a training pack including a student manual, bandages and more.

Upon successful completion of the assessment, delegates will receive an accredited digital course completion certificate and CPD record.

Common Pet Emergencies

These courses cover a range of common pet emergencies, including but not limited to:

  • Choking: Learn how to perform abdominal thrusts on your pet and recognise the signs of choking.

  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation): Understand the basics of pet CPR, including chest compressions and rescue breathing.

  • Wound Care: Discover how to clean and dress wounds properly to prevent infection and promote healing.

  • Poisoning: Identify common household items that can be toxic to pets and understand the steps to take if poisoning is suspected.

  • Fractures and Sprains: Learn how to recognise and stabilise fractures and support your pet through the healing process.


Our pets rely on us for their well-being, and being prepared for emergencies is a responsibility that comes with pet ownership. Our Pet First Aid courses offer valuable opportunities to enhance your skills and knowledge, ultimately ensuring that you can be a confident and capable caregiver in any situation. Enrol on a course today to take the first step towards becoming your pet's first line of defence in times of need. Your furry friend will thank you for it!

Interested in learning more? You can book onto one of our accredited Pet First Aid courses by emailing

Kind regards,

Slanjava Learning

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Nov 28, 2023

Thanks for the information, looking forward to attending an upcoming course soon!

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