American Red Cross issues new app for pet first-aid
dog and cat owners provide emergency care until veterinary
assistance is available
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[January 18, 2014]
PEORIA ó 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
The 99-cent Pet First Aid app gives iPhone and Android smartphone
users instant access to expert information so they learn how to
maintain their petís health and what to do during emergencies.
"Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to
contact their veterinarian," said Traci Johnston, preparedness
health and safety specialist. "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."
Additional topics are 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 a veterinarian.
"click-to-call" to contact a veterinarian.
Find emergency pet
care facilities or alternate veterinarians with the "animal
Test personal knowledge with
interactive quizzes, and earn badges that can be shared on
social networks, along with favorite pictures of pets.
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History shows that at times 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. For information and to register, go to
The Red Cross has made great strides in making emergency
information available whenever and wherever people need it. The Pet
First Aid app and other Red Cross apps are available from the Apple
App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for
American Red Cross or by going to
[Text from file received from the
American Red Cross, Central Illinois