Pets are an important part of many families, and a new Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available. The Pet First Aid app, which costs 99 cents, gives iPhone and Android smartphone users instant access to expert information to help keep their pets healthy.
“The Pet First Aid App provides step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations, including how to treat wounds, control bleeding and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies,” said Amanda Aldrich, regional communications specialist for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio.
Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies. Other features in the app allow pet owners to:
• Create a pet profile, including tag identification number, photos, list of medications and instructions.
• Use the list of early warning signs to learn when to call their veterinarian.
• Use “click-to-call” to contact their veterinarian.
• Find emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians with the “animal hospital locator.”
• Locate pet-friendly hotels.
• Test their knowledge with interactive quizzes.
History shows that people have not evacuated during disasters because they did not want to leave their pets behind. The Red Cross app contains resources to help owners include pets in their emergency action plans.
Pet owners may also take a Red Cross Pet First Aid course so they can practice the skills and receive feedback. Visit redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.
The Pet First Aid App and other Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.