K9 Down – Combat Casualty Care
May 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
This course is designed to train those who work and operate with emergency services working dogs. Instructed by a tactically-trained veterinarian this is much more than a first aid course. We will work through medical emergencies and traumatic incidents that pose life threats for our K9 partners. Our canine team members do so much for us it is essential that we are prepared to help them when they need us the most.
- Logistics and Preplanning
- Contents of a K9 Medical Kit
- How to Safely Restrain a Working Dog
- Risks in Handling an Injured Animal
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Hemorrhage Management and Control
- Airway and Respiratory Management
- Thoracic and Gastric Trauma
- Poisoning and Anaphylaxis
- Shock, Dehydration, Environmental Issues
- Injuries to Paw Pads
- Orthopedic Fractures
- Handler knee pads for ground work
- K9 Aid Kit for Review (Optional)
Note: You are not required to bring your working dog with you. If you do bring your dog, you must have the proper vehicle and kennel to accommodate them. Most of our hands-on skills and physical assessments will be performed on working dogs that our faculty will bring.
K9 Medical Kit: A medical kit specific to treating service dogs will be available for purchase for approximately $50 (our cost, not retail). These are veterinary specific catheters, airways, fluids and supplies for canines, not re-labeled human items. You will not find most of these items on an ambulance. This kit is intended to supplement a regular medics kit and not to replace it. Items are delivered in a gallon zip lock bag so you can place them in or with an existing kit. All these items will be demonstrated in class and you will have the opportunity to train with them. If you are interested in a kit, please let us know in advance.