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First Aid & CPR for Man's Best Friend

Your Dog Wouldn't Hesitate to Save Your Life.....Shouldn't You be Able to Reciprocate that Gift?
When you live or work with animals, emergencies will happen--whether the emergency is an accident, an illness, poisoning, or any kind of injury, you need to be able to save your dog's life. This course covers most emergencies you may encounter if you are a dog owner or a pet care professional, and provides you with procedures and protocols for dealing successfully with life-threatening situations you and your dog may face. Learn the basics of canine first aid and CPR in this essential course for all dog lovers!

This course in the Nash Academy's "Man's Best Friend" series provides the information needed to be a responsible pet owner and pet care professional.
  • Save a dog's life--learn all of these important elements of administering first aid to a dog:
  • What are some of the basic principles of canine first aid?
  • How may you safely transport an injured or ill dog to the veterinarian without inflicting further injury or stress?
  • What should a first aid kit for dogs include?
  • What should a first aid kit for humans, to be kept in the salon or other dog-related business, include?
  • What do you do when a dog is bleeding severely from a wound?
  • What are the various types of burns? How are they treated differently?
  • How do you handle a dog with seizures?
  • What should be done if a dog collapses?
  • What are the symptoms of shock, and what should you do about a dog that is in shock?
  • How should you treat heat injury in dogs, and what types of heat injury of varying degrees of seriousness occur?
  • What are the methods to use on a dog with a foreign object lodged in his throat, ear or eye?
  • What is bloat, and why is it so dangerous for afflicted dogs?
  • How do you give a dog CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)?
  • What are the methods of canine artificial respiration, and how do you vary your techniques for various sizes and ages of dog?
  • What is the Heimlich maneuver, and how has this human lifesaving technique been adapted for use on dogs?

Introducing Your Online Instructor
Roberta Smoodin's unique background in both education and animal care makes her the ideal instructor for First Aid and CPR Man's Best Friend. She has dealt with so many animal emergencies, illnesses and accidents she can't count them in her work with horses, dogs and cats.

Before her work at Nash, she was an award-winning university professor in Southern California, where she taught literature, composition, and fiction and screenwriting. But she is a lifelong animal lover, and particularly a student of animal psychology, and she has devoted her life with animals to finetuning her understanding of why dogs, cats and horses behave as they do, and how this understanding can help us to work with these animals to keep them healthy and happy.

Since 1990, she has had a horse farm which she runs as a successful business, at which she cares for Thoroughbred horses, foaling, breeding, vaccinating, worming, feeding and doing anything and everything horses need. She has dogs and cats as well on her farm, and her study of all three of these species of companion animals informs all her teaching.

She believes that the first step to working successfully with animals is an understanding of their behavior, psychology and motivations, and being able to "read" their language and communicate with them. "Animals will tell you what they want and need in even the most dire situation," she says. "It's just a matter of whether or not you're listening." Through this course, the student should be able to deal with most emergency situations relating to dogs and learn how to work with them safely and compassionately.
Roberta is also a novelist, who has published four novels, and a journalist who has had articles published in such magazines as Esquire, Redbook, Mademoiselle, Playgirl, and the New York Times, including a horse-related travel piece in the New York Times travel magazine.