Get Prepared for Pet Emergencies

The Pet Professional Guild (PPG), a member organization founded on the principles of force-free training and pet care, proudly announced the launch of its first comprehensive pet first aid course.  Delivered over the internet, the course is designed to teach the first aid skills necessary to competently administer aid to a sick or injured pet.  Knowing what to do during the initial minutes after an accident or trauma can be critical to a pet’s life.

According to PPG President, Niki Tudge, “Everyone can benefit from learning some basic first aid.  Our new program is very comprehensive and extensive enough for pet industry professionals who need first aid skills in their business and career but it is equally appropriate for pet owners who want to be prepared for emergencies.” The American Red Cross and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommend that all pet owners learn pet first aid skills to help keep their animals safe and healthy.  Pet owners and professionals that are trained in pet first aid measures and proper life saving techniques are better prepared to handle routine and life threatening emergencies when they occur.  

To qualify for the PPG’s pet first aid certification, applicants must attend a 3-hour online program, pass a rigorous written examination and submit four videos to PPG to demonstrate understanding of the material and competence of practical first aid skills.  Tudge says, “Our PPG First Aid Program has been developed by a Certified Veterinary Technician in accordance with American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) guidelines and teaches the basic skills and procedures that may possibly save a pet’s life by giving you the knowledge to provide basic treatment to a sick or injured animal until professional vet help is available.”  The AVMA reminds pet owners and professionals that first aid is not a substitute for veterinary care but it may save a pet's life until veterinary treatment is available.

The PPG plans to offer a growing number of programs based on their “force-free” philosophy of pet training and pet care.  Tudge says, “As pet ownership continues to increase and the activities that owners enjoy with their pets grow, knowing basic first aid skills is more critical for owners and industry professionals.  We believe that the pet-owning public needs trusted educational resources based on the PPG’s guiding principles.  We clearly define our philosophy, methods and techniques our members use so the public can be confident that any Guild member will provide services in accordance with our stated philosophy and guidelines.  The public can be assured that only force-free methods will be employed training and caring for their pets.”  For more information on PPG courses and force-free training and pet care, visit

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