The goals of the Cat and Dog First Aid presentation are to teach participants how to be prepared for emergencies that involve a cat or a dog and how to protect themselves and the animal from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies by teaching prompt, effective first aid actions and care.
First aid for cats and dogs is the immediate and temporary care given to an injured animal until it can be taken to a professional veterinarian for medical care and attention. Cat or dog “first aid” should not be confused with “pet care.” Many excellent books are on the market that give the pet owner advice on how to choose, feed and otherwise take good day-to-day care of a pet.


There are no formal requirements to be a Pet First Aid leader; however, individuals with a background in teaching American Red Cross first aid and CPR courses or in veterinary medicine, such as veterinarians or veterinarian technicians, would be ideal Pet First Aid leaders.

Target Audience

  • Animal regulation personnel and volunteers
  • Pet groomers
  • Pet owners
  • Pet rescue organizations
  • Pet sitters
  • Pet store owners and employees

Participate Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to participate in the Cat and Dog First Aid presentation.

Design & Length

Cat and Dog First Aid is presented in approximately 3 hours, 20 minutes. The time is based on a leader-to-participant ratio of 1:10. Presentation times may be affected by:

  • Experience, abilities and skills of the participants.
  • Needs, interests and desires of the participants.
  • Number of participants.
  • Amount of equipment and supplies.
  • Experience, abilities and skills of the leader.
  • The addition of breaks and optional activities.