Pet First Aid

Do you feel prepared for a pet emergency?


As a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis, we have suspended on-site programming.

We will continue to update our site, as we resume operations.

First 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.

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.**

Pet First Aid Refund Policy: Clients are required to cancel their course registration through the MyTime online system. Cancellations without penalty must be submitted seven days prior to the course start date. Any cancellations made within seven days of the course start date will result in an automatic administration fee of $60 (for single courses) or $100 (for combined courses), charged through the MyTime online system.

Upcoming Course Dates:

  • Level 1 & 2: Saturday, Mar. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Program cancelled*
  • Level 1 & 2: Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Program cancelled*
  • Level 1: Monday, June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. *Program cancelled*
  • Level 2: Monday, July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. *Program cancelled*
  • Level 1 & 2: Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Program cancelled*

We have come to the difficult decision to cancel all on-site 2020 summer programming at the OHS. This decision was not made lightly and takes into consideration the safety of OHS staff, volunteers, animals and clients – all a part of our community. We feel that it is important to continue operating by making our essential services a priority,  including, care for animals in distress, fostering, adoptions by appointment, and a number of new community initiatives to support pet owners in need, such as our emergency pet foodbank. By cancelling on-site programming, we are able to significantly reduce the number of people visiting the shelter, in line with Ottawa Public Health’s current physical distancing recommendations.

Our team will be working over the next few weeks to pull together some exciting new virtual programming opportunities for pet owners. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more information.

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