Online Class: Dog & Cat First Aid, Care & Maintenance

An online course in basic dog and cat care, first aid, grooming, basic training and boarding.

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Course Description

Mastering the Art of Pet Parenthood: Your Comprehensive Guide to Animal Care

The euphoria of welcoming a new pet into your home is immeasurable. Their wagging tails, playful meows, or the cheerful chirping can elevate the ambiance of any household. Yet, alongside the joys, the responsibility of ensuring their well-being is monumental. The well-being of these endearing creatures now rests in your hands. Whether it's nutrition, grooming, or safety, these beings rely on you. With our meticulously designed course, we aim to equip you with the holistic knowledge required to ensure your pet leads a healthy, safe, and delightful life.

Recent statistics show that over 67% of U.S. households own at least one pet. But, how many of these pet owners are truly prepared to provide optimal care? Delve deep into the world of pet care, starting from the very basics, so that you can emerge as a confident and competent pet parent.

Course Overview:

  1. Feeding Your Dog: Beyond the basic kibble, explore the realm of dog nutrition. Learn about age-appropriate diets, portion control, and the value of treats and rewards.

  2. Feeding Your Cat: Cats have unique dietary requirements. Unearth the secrets of feline nutrition, hydration, and the debate over dry vs. wet food.

  3. Basic Pet Care Items: From toys to leashes, discover the must-have items that ensure a safe and engaging environment for your pet.

  4. Bathing Your Pet: Whether it's a dog that loves the mud or a cat that detests water, acquire the skills and knowledge to make bath time a breeze.

  5. Grooming Your Pet: Learn about the importance of regular grooming, from brushing to nail clipping, and how it contributes to your pet's overall health.

  6. Heartworm Treatment: Understand the gravity of heartworm diseases, their prevention, and treatments to safeguard your furry friends.

  7. Knowing When to Intervene: Learn to recognize signs of distress, discomfort, or illness in your pets and the right time to seek professional help.

  8. General First Aid Precaution: Equip yourself with essential first aid skills, ranging from treating minor cuts to managing heat strokes.

  9. Handling Poisoning: Every year, thousands of pets ingest toxic substances. Master the immediate steps and precautions to ensure their safety.

  10. Pet Proofing your Home: Your house can be a minefield of potential hazards for pets. Understand how to make your living space safe and pet-friendly.

  11. Cleaning Up after your Pet: Efficiently manage litter, pet hair, and accidental messes while ensuring hygiene for both the pet and the household.

  12. Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility: Planning a vacation or a work trip? Discover how to select the best boarding facility that ensures your pet's comfort and safety during your absence.


Our pets are more than just animals; they are integral members of our families, bringing joy, love, and moments of unparalleled happiness. It's our duty to reciprocate their unconditional love with unparalleled care. The journey of pet parenthood is filled with moments of joy, challenges, learning, and above all, unparalleled love. This course is designed to guide you through every step of this rewarding journey. Enroll today, and ensure that your beloved pet receives the care, love, and attention they truly deserve. Welcome to a journey of love, learning, and countless memorable moments!

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  • Completely Online
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1. Feeding Your Dog

This lesson discusses the different nutritional phases in a dog's life from puppy hood to the senior years. Additional lesson topics: How much should I feed my dog? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Feeding Your Cat

This lesson discusses whether to feed dry or moist food and what kind of treats should be considered. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Basic Pet Care Items

Bringing home a new pet is a fun and exciting time for any family, but it can also be very hectic. Pets come with their own list of needs, and it can get long. Not only long, but confusing. Just think about those long aisles at your local pet store and yo 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Bathing Your Pet

This lesson gives the basics of how to wash your cat or dog. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Grooming Your Pet

Grooming your pet is about much more than just cutting their hair. Taking care of a few basic grooming chores can vastly improve your pet's overall health. In fact, regular grooming of your pet allows you to become familiar with their bodies and helps you 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Heartworm Treatment

Heartworms are a bothersome and potentially deadly parasite that can infect many different species of animals. The infection comes from your pet being bitten by an infected mosquito. Additional lesson topics: Facts on Heartworms 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Knowing When to Intervene

In this section we are going to learn what constitutes an emergency. It is so vitally important that you know what you can and can't treat safely. While having a solid base of first aid knowledge might just save your pet's life, not knowing your limits ca 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. General First Aid Precaution

While we realize that most first aid situations will end with a trip to the vet, a vet is not always around. Since it seems like these types of situations only crop up at the most in opportune time, it's not likely that your vet will overview. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Handling Poisoning

I have stated several times in this course just how important it is to seek help if you feel that your pet has been poisoned. However, I feel that the topic is serious enough to warrant its own lesson. In this lesson we're going to take an in-depth look. Additional lesson topics: Toxins that Affect Dogs 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Pet Poisoning
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Pet Proofing your Home

We know that bringing a new pet home to join your family is a fun and exciting experience. We also know that it is one that your home might not be quite ready for. In fact, it is likely that your home is filled with potential hazards to a new dog or cat. Additional lesson topics: Household Poisons 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Pet Proofing Home
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Cleaning Up after your Pet

When you make the decision to make a pet a part of your family it is your responsibility to take the good right along with the bad. Everyone loves to play with the new puppy or kitten and love on them, but often help becomes scare when they make a mess. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12. Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility

Going on vacation can be a wonderful thing, but it always leads to that age-old question. What about the pets? Most of us know that we are going to have to leave our pets at one time or another. But you don't want to leave your babies with just anyone. Additional lesson topics: Black Dog Syndrome 65 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize how to properly feed your dog.
  • Summarize how to properly feed your cat.
  • Summarize the basic pet care items you'll need.
  • Describe the proper ways to bathe your pet.
  • Describe the proper ways to groom your pet.
  • Define Heartworm Treatment.
  • Summarize general first aid precautions to take with your pet.
  • Describe ways on how to handle poisoning or a pet.
  • Describe methods for pet proofing your home.
  • Summarize what to look for when choosing a pet boarding facility.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Dog & Cat First Aid, Care & Maintenance
Course Number: 7550004
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (3,276 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This course was amazing. I learned a lot and I feel more confident in taking care of my dog. Thank you!" -- Jeyson G.
  • "I found this course to be very useful and it taught me many things I didn't know about before. It also gave information I will apply to all my future dogs and cats." -- Micheal D.
  • "I think that this course was very helpful. I learned stuff about dogs and cats that I never knew about before." -- Ivi D.
  • "The course provided some very good information on how to care for a injured pet that I was not previously familiar with. The course was overall helpful and I learned new things." -- Randy T.
  • "It was very helpful. I learned some things that I was never made aware of." -- Chelsea S.
  • "I think this course was very helpful." -- Leah S.
  • "It was extremly helpful." -- Troy W.
  • "It was all helpful to me as a refresher course." -- Cynthia B.
  • "I liked that each topic contained a lesson, an assignment and an exam and all subjects were given equal importance." -- Melodi L.