Note: This review is sponsored by ProTrainings.
What is ProTrainings?
ProTrainings is a leader in online CPR certifications for humans, and it recently launched an online pet first aid course.
The pet first aid course covers dog CPR, preparing a pet first aid kit, pet poisonings, understanding a pet's vital signs, wound care and more.
The course includes about an hour and 40 minutes of videos (ranging from about 30 seconds to 5 minutes each). It took me about 2 hours total to complete the course and test.
Once you’ve signed up for the course, you can log in and begin the training from your computer or phone at any time.
You can also pause at any time and resume where you left off. For example, I took the course and test over two days in two 60-minute sessions.
People who should consider taking a pet first aid course include:
- All dog and cat owners
- Pet sitters, dog walkers & dog trainers
- Dog daycare/boarding facility workers
- Animal shelter volunteers/fosters
I took the course so I'm better prepared to help my own pets in an emergency before I'm able to get them to a veterinarian.
ProTrainings Pet First Aid Course Review
The bottom line:
The videos are taught by Dr. Bobbi Conner, a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. I thought she did an excellent job covering the material and showing demonstrations. Her dog and cat models and human assistants also did such a great job!
The course covers information such as wound care, how to give CPR to a dog, how to read your pet’s vitals and dozens of other topics. I now have a certification in pet first aid and a lot more knowledge than before.
The cost of the pet first aid course
You can use code THATMUTT at checkout to save 20%. (The course is normally $49.95 per trainee.) Sign up here.
You will receive:
- 1 hour and 40 minutes of videos (access for two years)
- 2-year certification in pet first aid
- Printable certification card
- Printable wall certificate
- Continuing education credits (for some pet professionals)
The course covers:
- What to include in a pet’s first aid kit
- How to check and read your dog or cat’s vital signs
- Information on wound care, burns, poisoning, snake bites and spider bites
- Information on heat stroke, hypothermia and siezures
- How to give a pet rescue breaths and CPR
Below is an example of one of the videos. This one is about CPR:
Pros of the Pro Pet Hero online pet first aid course:
- The videos are very easy to understand with helpful demonstrations.
- You can pause the course at any time and go at your own pace.
- Practice test questions throughout the course are very helpful.
- You can retake the test as many times as you need to (no extra cost).
- After passing the test you are certified in pet first aid for two years.
- The videos and information are available for you to review during those two years.
- The course covers information for both dogs and cats.
- Affordable price.
- Take the course in the comfort of your own home.
Cons of the course:
- You can pass this test without ever practicing some of the skills (such as CPR) on a dog or cat dummy. I'm not confident I would actually perform CPR on a dog properly but I do have a better chance now than I would've before.
- You need the self-discipline to focus on the course and set aside the 2 hours for completion.
- Some of the information will seem like basic knowledge, but most pet owners will walk away knowing more than they did before.
Would I buy this course?
Yes, I would pay full price for this online pet first aid course because the information could help save the life of one of my pets or someone else’s pet someday. It’s a no-brainer for pet sitters and dog walkers.
At just $49.95, it’s something most people can squeeze into their budget without an issue, and you have access to the information and certification for two years. I plan to go back and re-watch some of the videos.
Would I recommend the course to others?
Yes, we can all learn something from this course. Unless you work in the medical field, you’ll most likely walk away with more knowledge than you had before.
This would be a good course for all pet sitters, dog walkers, dog daycare and kennel workers as well as shelter and rescue volunteers.
Are you interested in taking the course?
Use coupon code THATMUTT to save 20% on the course this month. More info here.
Also let me know if you have any questions before signing up. I’ll get them answered for you.