Cat & Dog Traumatic Bleeding First Aid Course

Steppingley Village Hall, Rectory Road,Steppingley, Beds, MK45 5AT

19th February, 2pm to 5pm


Trauma bleed management cat and dog first aidDid you know this?

It takes just two teaspoons of blood per pound of body weight to cause a cat or dog to go into shock….Shock kills.

Every dog and cat carer should know how to control or stop bleeding, even if it is just long enough to get to the vet.

Traumatic or catastrophic blood loss will kill a cat or dog in minutes and it only takes a fight, bite, road accident or other unforeseen incident. A simple, natural jump and landing on a sharp object could cause an arterial bleed and catastrophic blood dog bleeding first aid


Bleeding from an artery is when the blood pumps out in massive volumes very quickly and fast action is the only way to slow or stop the bleed to save a cat or dog’s life.

The wrong use of a tourniquet will result in amputation or death.

Do you know how to use a tourniquet? The right type of tourniquet? The right situation to use a tourniquet?

What are the alternatives to a tourniquet?
More often than not a tourniquet cannot be used effectively, but when used correctly, they are extremely effective and certainly save lives.

New technology brought on by human conflict has provided very specific blood clotting agents and bandages that can be applied in a similar protocol than that of tourniquets but work in areas of the body where a tourniquet cannot.

Did you know there are dressings that can stop blood loss in just 30 seconds? – a normal bandage may take over five minutes to stop a catastrophic bleed out and this may be far too long as the cat or dog will die.


Course content

Trauma first aid kit for cats and dogs (The extra couple of items)
Discovering a cat or dog that is externally bleeding
Establishing the type of bleed
Quick decision to tourniquet or not
Stopping or slowing down an aterial bleed
Preparing the wound for a specific dressing
Applying specific dressings to maintain pressure on arterial bleeds

We will introduce dressings that are infinitely better than normal dressings that we would generally have in our first aid kits.
We will introduce blood clotting agents that are used by military medics to stop catastropic bleeding.
We will introduce the various types of tourniquets and display/practice the use of them.

It is a three-hour course with a mid-session break and additional tea/coffee breaks.
We do not fill time with presentations and flip charts, we get stuck in and provide full hands-on training.

We do not show any graphic pictures of cats or dogs that are suffering or suffered from trauma, we do not use any animals to practice. We do not use fake blood or other damaging and staining properties.

The course is not intended to teach medical interventions that will replace veterinary procedures. It is to stop or slow a catastrophic bleed and get to a vet.

There is no written examination

There is a rolling assessment to ensure each and every individual understands the task and is competent as well as confident in that task and dealing with the issue at hand.

Certificates are issued via PDF within 30 days.
The certificate is for ‘Cat and Dog Catastrophic Bleed Management’.

The outcome of the course

Attendees will be able to identify a type of bleed and decide on the critical care required.
Understand the reason for using a tourniquet
Identify whether a tourniquet would be effective in a perticular scenario
Make the decision to use a tourniquet or not
Identify the best alternative to a tourniquet to effectively stop or slow the bleed in the fastest possible time
Use a specific dressing to constantly maintain pressure on the artery to stop or slow the bleed
Identify shock
When and when not to deliver CPR
Delivering CPR

The cost of the course is £50 per person
We require a £25 deposit per person to book a space, the balance is payable upon arrival
Please see our Terms and Conditions

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