The focus of this course is to adapt advanced pre-hospital training to the needs of working canines. Participants should be paramedics or nursing personnel that have canine experience. Participants should be paramedics or nursing personnel that have previous pre-hospital experience. Participants will learn canine anatomy as it relates to providing proper care, pertinent canine physiology, and best practices in the management of canine injury and illness, as pertinent to working dogs. Working dogs contribute greatly to our ability to provide the services that we provide as public servants, in a manner that improves safety and efficiency. The cost to purchase and train the dog, and train the handler, and the position they assume as responders, requires that we devote appropriate resources for their well being in times of illness or injury. This is eight hours in length.
The course includes:
Types of working dogs by job and breed
General canine anatomy, skeletal, airway, and vascular anatomy.
Normal canine physiology
Normal vital signs
Normal ECG parameters, and how to obtain
Dealing with canine trauma
Muzzling, control during procedures
Special Considerations, such as 'handler down'.
Dog handlers are welcome in this class regardless of medical background. Basic EMT's are encouraged to take this class, and can provide basic canine care.