Good management and husbandry can improve all aspects of a cat’s or dog’s environment, which prevents stress that can lead to disease. In this module, you will examine the question, “What makes an environment safe and healthy for a cat or dog?”
Most animals are handled and restrained several times during their lifetime. Understanding animal behaviour can help to prevent injury and unnecessary stress for both animals and their owners. Thus, in Module 4, you will also explore how stress should be avoided when handling your pets. As you go through the later parts of the module, ask yourself, “What examples of cat or dog handling illustrates my own best practice? What cat or dog management skills are most important for me to work on developing or improving?”
By successfully completing this module, you will be able to:
- Describe contributions of technology in current animal husbandry and health care practices, including disease prevention and treatment.
- Describe characteristics of a healthy animal environment and conditions that can place an animal’s health or safety at risk, considering housing, sanitation, and methods of restraint.
- Identify the shelter needs of a selected domestic animal.
- Maintain desirable handling, housing and fencing structures.
- Describe abnormal animal behaviour and practice intervention strategies for a sick animal, including: reducing stress, administering emergency first aid, treating/controlling diseases and other ailments and administering medication.
- Describe veterinary services that are available and the protocol for accessing these services, including when to call and how to prepare.
You will be using a module activities booklet to complete the practice activities for submission. Unless indicated otherwise by your teacher, use the rubric that follows the activity.
- Download the Module 4 Booklet and save it to the AGR 2020 course folder on your computer (i.e. the course folder you created when you started the course).
- When you get to a place in the online module where you are supposed to complete an activity:
- Open the module booklet,
- Scroll to the relevant activity,
- Complete the task,
- SAVE your work.
At the end of the module, you will upload your completed module booklet. (HINT: see the Activities video if you need a refresher on how to use the upload tool.)
Estimated Time Required
It is estimated it will take you approximately 4-5 hours to complete this module.