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

Since June 2011 Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation has sponsored pet first aid classes in Bridgeville and surrounding communities in the south and west of Pittsburgh. Although there is usually a charge for attending these classes, Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation offers these sessions free of charge in an attempt to offer families the skills they can use to help save the life of their dear pet.

“It is difficult when we lose a pet who has lived a full and long life, but it is practically impossible to say goodbye when the pet is only a few years old. The grief is palpable in these situations, with families saying they had such plans for the life cut drastically short,” says Deb Chebatoris, owner of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. “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,” she continued.

After working with a number of families who found themselves in these circumstances she wondered if there was anything that Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation could do to help prevent such a tragedy.

She partnered with Karen Sable, a certified pet CPR and first aid instructor, and the 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.

CERTIFICATION CLASS

The four-hour certification class covers, for both dogs and cats:

  • injury assessment
  • rescue breathing
  • canine and feline CPR
  • bleeding protocols
  • choking management
  • heat and cold injuries
  • bites and stings
  • seizures
  • poisoning
  • fractures and limb injuries
  • creating a home pet first aid kit

Participants will receive lecture presentations as well as extensive demonstration on stuffed animals and hands on skills practice. The class includes training materials, a first aid handbook, Certificate of Completion and wallet card.

These classes are also open to animal professionals:

  • veterinary technicians
  • practice managers
  • groomers
  • pet sitters
  • dog day care employees
  • pet kennel and resort employees
  • anyone who handles animals on a regular basis

With the number of weather related problems we have experienced during the past several years (floods, tornadoes and large snowfalls with power outages), the western Pennsylvania area has not been spared the impact these conditions can have on our beloved pets. All classes will help families be prepared for such emergencies.

Though classes are free attendees in past sessions so appreciated them that they offered donations to Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation, and Deb and Karen coordinated the purchase and donation of two sets of O2 Fur LifeTM pet oxygen masks to the EMS organizations of Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park where the donations were collected.

Because the certification class requires hands-on training, space is limited so participants must register to attend by calling Deb at 412/220-7800. Please check the Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation website www.ccpc.ws for details as other classes are scheduled.

REGISTRATION

The classes require preparation and space is limited so participants must register to attend by calling Deb at 412/220-7800.

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Pet First Aid Classes

Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation is sponsoring a three-hour pet first aid certification class at the Bridgeville Public Library on May 3, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CCPC offers these sessions free of charge in an attempt to offer families the skills that they may need to save the life of their dear pet.

“It is difficult when we lose a pet who has lived a full and long life, but it is practically impossible to say goodbye when the pet is only a few years old. The grief is palpable in these situations, with families saying they had such plans for the life cut drastically short.”

And not just considering household emergencies, but with the number of weather related problems during the past several years (floods, tornadoes and large snowfalls with power outages), the western Pennsylvania area has not been spared the impact these conditions can have on our beloved pets.

CERTIFICATION CLASS

The four-hour certification class covers, for both dogs and cats:

  • injury assessment
  • rescue breathing
  • canine and feline CPR
  • bleeding protocols
  • choking management
  • heat and cold injuries
  • bites and stings
  • seizures
  • poisoning
  • fractures and limb injuries
  • creating a home pet first aid kit

Participants will receive lecture presentations as well as extensive demonstration on stuffed animals and hands on skills practice. The class includes training materials, a first aid handbook, Certificate of Completion and wallet card.

After seeing a few circumstances in my business where a knowledge of pet first aid may have saved a pet’s life I decided I would help pet owners avoid this tragedy in some way. I partnered with Karen Sable of Pet Emergency Training LLC to sponsor both Pet Fist Aid Introductory and Certification classes at no charge to those attending.

These classes are also open to animal professionals:

  • veterinary technicians
  • practice managers
  • groomers
  • pet sitters
  • dog day care employees
  • pet kennel and resort employees
  • anyone who handles animals on a regular basis

REGISTRATION

The classes require preparation and space is limited so participants must register to attend by calling Deb at 412/220-7800.

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Deb explains how the kits were purchased and what they are used for.

First responders in Bethel Park Municipality are now better prepared for pet emergencies thanks to Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation and Pet Emergency Training, LLC.

02 fur life kit

What the kit looks like.

Two O2 Fur LifeTM kits were purchased with donations from people attending the free Pet First Aid class sponsored in Bethel Park in August by Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation and taught by Karen Sable of Pet Emergency Training, LLC.

“Thirty-plus people attended the class in Bethel Park,” said Deb Chebatoris, owner of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation. In addition to hosting the class, Deb also prepares a basic Pet First Aid kit for each person attending to take home. “The students generously offered donations after the class, so Karen offered to purchase the 02 Fur LifeTM kits from her supplier and donate them to the municipality.”

masks and tubing for 02 fur life

The masks and tubing in the O2 Fur Life(TM) kit.

When an animal needs oxygen after a fire or accident, a mask for humans doesn’t give a tight enough fit to the muzzle to be effective. The 02 Fur LifeTM kit contains three sizes of oxygen masks with tubing that can attach to a standard oxygen tank ensuring that a cat or small dog, medium-sized dog and large dog with short or long snout will get the oxygen they need.

And in teaching that one of the first elements of pet first aid a person needs to learn is to restrain the animal so that it can be treated safely, Karen adds, “The bag can be used to restrain a cat if you need to.”

o2 fur life certificate presented to bethel park

Certificate presented to Bethel Park.

The kit also contains an instructional DVD for use of the masks and decals to place on emergency vehicles to advertise that the pet emergency oxygen masks are available in that vehicle.

“Many police and fire companies can’t use their own money to purchase things not intended for humans,” Karen explained, so even if they had wanted to Bethel Park or other municipalities or services would need to find private money to purchase the kits or have them donated.

The kits were presented to Bethel Park Police Chief John Mackey and Dave of Tri-Community South EMS at the November 14 Bethel Park council meeting.

Police Chief Mackey thanked Deb and Karen for their donation and added, “We’re so glad to have these on hand, but we hope we never have to use them.”

police chief mackey thanking for the 02 fur life masks

Police Chief Mackey thanks Deb and Karen.

You can watch the presentation on the BPTV channel on YouTube in the regular council meeting of November 14, 2011 as part of the Police Chief report beginning at about 5:05.

Please check the CCPC website to find out about upcoming classes, or to find out information about scheduling one in your community.

Read The Pet First Aid Story series of posts.

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Deb's first aid kit for her relative's wedding shower gift.

As Deb Chebatoris sat in on the pet first aid classes through the summer, she heard Karen Sable regularly refer to “your pet first aid kit” when discussing preparing and administering first aid to pets.

And as she scheduled first aid classes for the coming months, Deb also found she needed a gift for a relative’s wedding shower in August 2011.

It all came together.

“The bride was entering the marriage with a dog named Rory,” she said, “so I thought a first aid kit for the dog would be a perfect shower gift.”

Pictured at left is the first aid kit she compiled for the gift: a nylon bag with a muzzle to fit Rory and a leash, various sizes of bandages and adhesive tape, hydrogen peroxide, activated charcoal, small towels, a digital thermometer and a few other items, plus basic instructions and a checklist for health information and records which Rory’s mom would provide.

And not a moment too soon. When the bride and groom came home from their honeymoon they put the first aid kit to use when Rory swallowed a bunch of medications, the most common form of pet poisoning, and they had the materials and instructions on hand to get her to vomit them back up before taking her to the vet.

But long before the wedding, assembling the gift first aid kit led to another idea.

First aid kits for class attendees

Deb decided she’d put together some basic first aid kits to get people attending the classes a start with assembling their own.

“I’m really big on shopping at the ‘dollar store’, and most of what you need can be easily found there,” Deb said. “I picked up a bunch of plastic zipper pouches and little bottles of hydrogen peroxide plus gauze and tape and whatever else I could find to assemble enough kits to cover the registrations for the next class.”

Depending on availability of supplies each kit contains something a little different, but it gives those attending class something to take away and build on using what they learned in the class.

pet oxygen mask kit o2 fur life

O2 Fur Life pet Oxygen Mask kit.

Donations in class, and the purchase of pet oxygen masks for first responders

Deb began offering the first aid kits at the Mt. Lebanon class in early September. Classes are free, and attendees so appreciated the kits to take home that they offered donations to Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation.

She collected the donations and, through Karen Sable, purchased a set of O2 Fur LifeTM pet oxygen masks to then donate to the municipality of Mt. Lebanon because the class was held there.

The class held in Bethel Park in October had the highest attendance of any class to date with 30 students and brought enough donations to purchase two O2 Fur LifeTM kits which were donated to the Bethel Park Police and Tri-Community South EMS.

When an animal needs oxygen after a fire or accident, a mask for humans doesn’t give a tight enough fit to the muzzle to be effective. The 02 Fur LifeTM kit contains three sizes of oxygen masks with tubing that can attach to a standard oxygen tank ensuring that a cat or small dog, medium-sized dog and large dog with short or long snout will get the oxygen they need.

The kit also contains an instructional DVD for use of the masks and decals to place on emergency vehicles to advertise that the pet emergency oxygen masks are available in that vehicle.

Read The Pet First Aid Story series of posts.

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The initial Pet First Aid certification class at Bridgeville Public Library, June 2011.

Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation sponsored a four hour pet first aid certification class at the newly constructed Bridgeville Public Library during the library’s Grand Opening weekend in June, taught by Karen Sable of Pet Emergency Training, LLC.

Although there is usually a charge for attending the classes, Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation offered these sessions free of charge in an attempt to offer families the skills that they may need to save the life of their dear pet.

“It is difficult when we lose a pet who has lived a full and long life, but it is practically impossible to say goodbye when the pet is only a few years old. The grief is palpable in these situations, with families saying they had such plans for the life cut drastically short.”

And not just considering household emergencies, but with the number of weather related problems during the past several years (floods, tornadoes and large snowfalls with power outages), the western Pennsylvania area has not been spared the impact these conditions can have on our beloved pets.

The four hour class covered injury assessment, rescue breathing, canine and feline CPR, bleeding protocols, choking management, heat and cold injuries, bites and stings, seizures, poisoning, fractures and limb injuries, and the creation of a home pet first aid kit. Participants received lecture presentations as well as extensive demonstration on stuffed animals and hands on skills practice as well as training materials, a first aid handbook, Certificate of Completion and wallet card.

Because some interested people may not have had the full five hours to devote to learning pet first aid but still wanted basic information, Deb and Karen decided to offer an introductory class.

The 90-minute introductory classes touched on some of the more common situations that might be encountered such as choking, a demonstration of CPR for cats and different breeds of dogs, heat stroke/heat stress/safety precautions about hot weather, plus disaster preparedness including what you need to have on hand in case of a disaster.

Both classes help families be prepared for weather emergencies and natural disasters.

The very first class in Bridgeville was followed up with 90-minute introductory classes in Carnegie, Robinson Township, Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park. The classes were very popular and attendance increased from 14 at the first certification class to nearly 30 at the introductory classes.

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gauze bandage on toy dog's leg

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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