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Bringing home a new pet to join your family is always a fun and exciting time.  But it also comes with a huge responsibility.  This animal now depends on you for food, shelter, medical care, and companionship.  In short, you hold their very life in your hands.  This fun and informative course will help you cover all the basics of animal care.  Every thing from feeding recommendations, bathing tips, and basic first aid topics are covered in just 12 easy to learn lessons.  Just follow along and you'll be a pro in no time at all!


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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. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Basic Feeding Guides: Puppies and Adult Dogs; How much should I feed my dog?
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Assignment 1: Feeding Tips
  • Complete: 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. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Nutrition tips for Cats.
  • Complete: Assignment 2: Cat Food
  • Complete: 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 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 3: Pet Care Items
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Bathing Your Pet

This lesson gives the basics of how to wash your cat or dog. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Tips on Bathing the Dogs; Tips on Bathing the Cats; Aromatherapy Products for Pets; Video on Dog Bathing
  • Complete: Assignment 4: Bathing Cats and Dogs
  • Complete: 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 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Tips for Grooming the Pets; Cat Grooming
  • Complete: Assignment 5: Grooming Cats and Dogs
  • Complete: 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. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Facts on Heartworms
  • Complete: Assignment 6: Heatworm Treatment
  • Complete: 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 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Dog Diseases and Symptoms
  • Complete: Assignment 7: When pet is unwell.
  • Complete: 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. 25 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: First Aid Tips for Cats; First Aid Tips for Dogs; CPR for Cats and Dogs; Achoo! Signs That Your Cat Has A Cold
  • Review Video: Video of CPR for Animals
  • Complete: Assignment 8: First Aid
  • Complete: 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. 54 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: Toxins that Affect Dogs; Poisons that Affect Cats; Poison Control Hotline; Poison Information
  • Take Poll: Pet Poisoning
  • Complete: Assignment 9: Symptoms of Poisoning and Treatment
  • Complete: 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. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Household Hazards for Pets; Household Poisons
  • Take Poll: Pet Proofing Home
  • Complete: Assignment 10: Household Hazards for Pets
  • Complete: 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. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Assignment 11: Pet Mess Cleanup
  • Complete: 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. 105 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Finding Pet Kennel; Black Dog Syndrome
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Assignment: Boarding for Dogs and Cats
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Dog & Cat First Aid, Care & Maintenance
Course Number: 7550004
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.5 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
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know how to properly feed your dog.
  • Know how to properly feed your cat.
  • Know 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.
  • Know 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.
  • Know what to look for when choosing a pet boarding facility, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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