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CCPC Sponsors Free Pet First Aid Certification Class for Pet Owners and Animal Professionals 

Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation (CCPC) will sponsor a free Introductory Pet First Aid Certification Class on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Bridgeville Public Library. Participants must register before Saturday, March 28, 2020. 

About the pet first aid class 

The Pet First Aid Certification Class is five hours long, and will begin at 11:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. The certification class is great for people who work with pets or for pet parents who desire a more in-depth and hands-on knowledge of pet first aid. 

A Certificate of Training is awarded at the completion of the class. This class covers all of the topics below, and includes hands-on CPR practice: 

  • Snout to Tail Wellness Assessment
  • Injury Assessment
  • Handling & Safety
  • Assessing Pet’s Vital Signs
  • Bleeding
  • Heatstroke and Hypothermia
  • Seizures, Poisoning and Choking
  • Bites & Stings
  • Fractures & Limb Injuries
  • Bloat
  • CPR Demonstration & Rescue Breathing
  • Emergency Preparedness For Your Pets and Assembling a Pet First Aid Kit

Each attendee will also receive a free Pet First Aid Kit along with their certification materials compliments of CCPC. 

Attendees remark that they are grateful for the information and feel much more confident they’ll know what to do in an emergency, when, as instructor Karen Sable puts it, “you are your pet’s first responder.” 

“I was so grateful for the opportunity to learn pet first aid so I can be better prepared as a fur parent and a cat foster mom,” said Tara Czekaj, pet owner and animal rescuer. “Karen provides terrific real life examples to help students apply their new found tools and knowledge!” 

“It is difficult when we lose a pet who has lived a full and long life,” Deb stated. “But it’s a real gut punch to say goodbye when the pet is young. The grief is palpable in these situations, with families saying they had such plans for the life cut drastically short,” says Deb. “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. 

Check the website at for the full class description. 

About CCPC’s free instructional classes 

CCPC owner Deb Chebatoris has offered instructional classes since 2011, such as pet first aid and dog body language, to help people respond to pet emergencies. Even though her business is aftercare for pets and their families, “I don’t want to see any pet until its time, until it has lived the longest and best life it could have,” she said. 

CCPC hosts these sessions free of charge to offer families the skills they can use to help save the life of their pet. Deb contracts with Karen Sable, a certified pet CPR and first aid instructor and owner of Pet Emergency Training LLC, to help families learn what to do in the case of a pet life threatening situation.   

“If giving a pet owner the basics of pet first aid so that the skills help save the pet’s life in an emergency, that goal is met for me and I’m thrilled I could help the family and the pet continue living happily,” Deb said. 

Please RSVP by Saturday, March 28, 2020 by calling Deb at 412-220-7800 

A $20 holding fee is required to hold your reservation in the class, but each attendee has the choice of a refund of the fee or a Pet First Aid Kit when the class is finished. 

The website for Pet Emergency Training, LLC is


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