The American Red Cross has released a first aid app that can help dog and cat owners provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available. The Pet First Aid app gives users instant access to information on maintaining a pet’s health and offers key tips for emergencies.
“Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems, respond to emergencies, and when to contact their veterinarian,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO, Hawaii Red Cross. “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.”
The 99-cent app also covers burns, car accidents, falls, what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies, and how to include pets in emergency action plans.
Other features 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 and earn badges that they can share on their social networks along with their favorite picture of their pet.
The American Red Cross also encourages dog and cat owners to attend Dog and Cat First Aid classes to practice their first aid and emergency response skills and receive feedback. Click here for information and to register for upcoming classes.
Download Pet First Aid and other Red Cross apps online here or in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.