Pet First Aid

Do you feel prepared for a pet emergency?

17048311825_100198f938_zFirst aid is an important part of taking care of the ones you love. Your animal companion is more than just a pet – they are a member of your family! With that in mind, do you know how to recognize a potentially serious condition in your pet? Would you know how to help if they are injured?

Be the best pet owner you can be by attending Pet First Aid Level 1 and 2 at the OHS!

All OHS Pet First Aid courses are taught by a registered veterinary technician. Topics covered in each course include:

Level 1 Level 2
  • Preventative health care
  • Household toxins
  • Common injuries and illnesses
  • Other incidents (skunk sprays, cold water safety tips, etc.)
  • Reading body language
  • Emergency situations
  • Dealing with injured and orphaned wildlife
  • Emergency situations (refresher from Level 1)
  • Choking*
  • Embedded objects*
  • Bleeding*
  • Bandaging*
  • Burns
  • Other serious injuries (internal abdominal, spinal, bone/joint injuries)

*These topics will include hands-on practical demonstrations using life-sized stuffed dogs.

Please note that:

  • Level One certification must be acquired before taking Level Two.
  • The OHS does not offer practical CPR in our Pet First Aid courses.
  • OHS Pet First Aid courses are suitable for adult participants.
  • For youth participants interested in pet care and related topics, please visit our Youth Programming page and check out our new OHS Youth Pet Sitting Course!

Cost: $60 for each level (Combined courses are $120)

**A 25% discount is available for all OHS adopters who register for OHS Pet First Aid courses. Use promo code included in your Adoption Package at time of online registration.**

Upcoming Courses:

Level One*:

  • July 25, 2022 6 p.m. * SOLD OUT *

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Level Two*:

  • August 22, 2022, 6 p.m.

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*Level One certification must be acquired before taking Level Two.

To be placed on an interest list for future Pet First Aid classes, select the “Interest List” button below. Select the calendar date (December 31, 2022) and time (11:59 p.m.) and select "Continue". 

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols: To ensure the safety of OHS staff, volunteers, participants and animals, we ask that participants stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or live with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last five days. At this time, masking is not required for OHS programs and training classes, although participants who feel more comfortable wearing masks are encouraged to do so. We are regularly monitoring public health regulations and will update our COVID-19 safety protocols if anything changes.

Pet First Aid Refund Policy: Refund requests received 48 hours in advance of a scheduled program are eligible for a refund (a $25 administration fee is non-refundable). Refund requests received within 48 hours of the scheduled program are not eligible for a refund.

For more information, email programs@ottawahumane.ca or call (613) 725-3166, ext. 298.