"Cover Your K-9" Regional Emergency Medicine Course
Law enforcement patrol and detection dogs are
routinely exposed to hazardous situations in the course of carrying out their
duties and protecting the community. To
help keep them safe, we offer “Cover Your K-9” Regional Emergency Medicine
Course to enable K-9 officers to learn advanced first aid and emergency care
skills to assist their police dogs
in the event of an emergency.
This is an intensive all day course that
includes lectures on the maintenance and preventive care for working dogs,
emergency care for patrol and detection dogs and trauma management.
Since 2011 we have put on 6 K-9 Emergency Medicine Courses and distributed more than 405 custom Cover Your K-9 Trauma Kits to law enforcement K-9 teams at no charge. The kits cost $300 each & we have a waiting list of K-9 officers who would like to attend our next class in the fall. Please donate to help keep our K-9s cared for in case of an emergency!
We appreciate the support of the Veterinary professionals assisting with our courses:
Capt. Richard Brooksby DVM - Travis Air Force Base
Capt. Lynn Miller DVM - Travis Air Force Base
Dr. Greg Marsolais & Dr. Bill Sullenberger
Pet Specialists of Monterey
Dr. Robert Lukas & Dr. Lissa Richardson
Sage Centers for Veterinary Specialty and
Dr. Richard Strasser - Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital
Dr Gary Richter - Montclair Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Mike Barlia, Dr. Shea Cox & Dr. Debbie Morey
PETS Referral Center
Dr. Susan Trujillo & Linda Lasky, RVT
Police & Working K-9 Foundation Veterinary Liaisons
Assisting with the
course have been members of the Alameda County Sheriff’s SAR K-9
team, Monterey Bay Search Dogs, Monterey County Sheriff's SAR K-9 Unit, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's SAR K-9 Team, Placer County Sheriff's SAR K-9 Team, members of CARDA along with the “Cover Your K-9”, K-9 Ambassador and Pet Food Express
volunteer teams. During the ‘hands on’
segment of the course furry dog mannequins called ‘resusi-dogs’ are used to
teach K-9 CPR to the teams. Special
volunteer ‘demo dogs’ (from our search & rescue volunteer teams) patiently allow their legs to be wrapped to help the officers learn splinting and bandaging skills.
The course provides a wonderful day of learning that will be crucial in helping our
K-9 officers care for their hard-working dogs every day as well as in emergency
The Cover Your K-9 Trauma Kits have been
designed with the help of the veterinary specialists and include many items not found in commercially
available kits, including a
special K-9 oxygen mask.
The custom kits are provided to each K-9
officer to carry in their patrol cars to enable them to provide first aid care
to their police dog in case of an emergency.
Our Emergency Medicine Course and
“Cover Your K-9” Trauma Kits are provided at no cost to our regional law enforcement departments.
If you are in the veterinary field and are interested in assisting in future classes contact Linda Lasky, RVT Linda (at) pawk9.org
Calif K-9 handlers can contact us at: K9Med (at) pawk9.org