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Course

Advanced K9 1st Aid for Handlers & EMS

General Information

This course can be taught as a nuts & bolts 8-hour course or a more complete 16-hour course. The additional time allows for additional topic depth and practical examples, additional question time as well as practice time for testing items such K9 webbing harness tie, mock scene assessment, planning and plan execution, 

Course Topics

  • Basic K9 1st Aid

    • Wounds

    • Hemorrhage 

    • Toxins/Venoms 

    • Fractures/Impalement

    • Splinting/Bandaging

    • Heat injury

    • Shock

    • K9 Carries

  • Advanced K9 1st Aid

    • Thermal injury 

    • Orthopedic injury

    • Gastric Dilation/Volvulus (GD/V, "Bloat")

    • CBRNE

    • Respiratory distress

    • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)/Spinal cord injury (SCI)

    • Over Doses & Treatments

    • Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications & Supplements 

    • Extrication considerations & tactics

    • Extraction considerations & tactics

    • Package & Transport considerations & tactics

  • Injury Prevention (16h course only)

    • Routine, Pre-, Post-Deployment K9 exam for Handlers

    • Routine/Preventative care

      • Vaccines/Anti-Parasitics

      • Developmental considerations

      • Nutrition

      • Fitness/Conditioning

      • Mental Health & Maintenance

  • Basic K9 Life Support

    • Cortical, CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CCRP)

  • Advanced K9 Life Support

    • Fluid therapy

    • Sedatives +/- Anesthetics (16h course only)

    • Drug reversals (16h course only)

    • Respiratory therapy (16h course only)

    • K9 Down considerations

Course Materials

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