The Pet First Aid Story: How it All Began

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Learning first aid can help your pet live a long life.

Is there anything sadder than losing the companionship of your pet to death?

Yes.  When I need to work with a family whose young, healthy pet has succumbed to an accidental death, it is a double tragedy. Not only does the family experience the loss but there is a lingering feeling that “if only…” they would have done this or that, the death may not have occurred.

I have worked with families whose pet died after being caught and choked by the collar, who suffocated in a potato chip bag. At one point in during the spring of 2010 several families brought me young pets whose deaths were accidental, and if they had known first aid it may have made the difference in their survival. I wondered if there was anything I could do through Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation to prevent such tragedies.

As providence has often revealed the answer to my problems, in walks Karen Sable. After we talked about arrangements for her dear departed Snowball, our conversation revealed that she had chosen to intensify her involvement in animal welfare and was certified as a pet CPR and first aid instructor.

Through discussions, our two businesses, Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation and Pet Emergency Training LLC, have joined forces to help families learn what to do in the case of a pet life threatening situation.

The idea of providing pet first aid information to pet owners grew into something very special in 2011, from sponsoring one certification class in Bridgeville to a total of six classes through the year, increasing attendance, and donating pet oxygen masks to community EMS. As we plan 2012, we’ll be telling you the story one chapter at a time.


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