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First Responder Class - Level 1

Most dog owners will intuitively know if something is wrong with their dogs. The challenge is to be able to recognize a potential medical emergency before it becomes life-threatening. This course will teach you what to look for.

Reading assignment: How to recognize an emergency with your dog.

Video: Learn how to test four of your dog’s body systems – eyes, gums, pulse and breathing.

Quiz: 10 questions to determine whether you can detect an emergency.

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Instructor:  Jon Geller, D.V.M., DABVP, is an emergency veterinarian and freelance writer in Fort Collins, Colo. He recently became board-certified in canine and feline medicine, and is also certified by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists. He shares his home with his family, including three cats and one dog.


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Lee   Sparks, NV

3/4/2011 9:24:26 AM

These dog college classes are really wonderful! Thanks DC!

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Robin   Lewisville, TX

2/16/2011 12:44:38 AM

Awesome class. Really important information. Thank you.

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Veronica   WI Rapids, WI

10/31/2010 10:15:13 AM

I really liked the video to aid in showing what exactly to look for. I already knew about the gums as my previous German Shepherd had very pale gums and was diagnosed with cancer. Keep up the good work.

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wyldhunny   The Gorge, WA

10/13/2010 10:07:40 PM

i will highly recommend this class to everyone in my puppy kindergarden class next week, i have already told a few about

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