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Pet First Aid Awareness Month: App Review

Pet Safety
Pet First Aid app continues to be great resource for pet emergencies and everyday health.

While the mission of the American Red Cross is in part to prevent and alleviate human suffering, we know how much you love your pets too. That’s why the Red Cross Pet First Aid app was created to put veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid. In fact, tens of thousands of your fellow pet owners have downloaded the app to have critical first aid and health information at their fingertips.

Users have already used the information in the app to help save their pets. A dog owner used the information on choking to dislodge a piece of hot dog from his dog. Another owner used the toxic substance list after her young boxer got into the snack pantry – luckily nothing in there was toxic. The Red Paw Relief Team in Philadelphia used the app animal hospital locator to get animals to a facility after a fire.

APP OVERALL HIGHLIGHTS The top five app features include:

  • Step-by-step instructions for first aid emergencies
  • Pet profile for storing tag ID, photo and medical information
  • Early warning signs for when to contact a veterinarian
  • Animal hospital locator
  • How to include pets in emergency preparedness plans

  • Prepare and protect your pet’s health with advice on administering medication, time to say goodbye, behavioral help and how to act in a disaster situation.
  • Programmable veterinary contact number to be available when needed throughout the app.
  • Learn first aid steps for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images, in addition to identifying common toxic substances.
  • Respond to pet emergencies with “how to” videos for the common and stressful emergency situations inclusive of size specific CPR techniques.
  • Customize multiple pet profiles and set veterinary appointments.
  • EMERGENCY PLANS Don’t forget to include pets in emergency plans as well:

    - Plan to take pets along if ordered to evacuate.

    - Most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns and other considerations. Know which friends, relatives, hotels, boarding facilities accept pets in an emergency.

    - Assemble a portable kit with emergency supplies for pets:

  • Leashes, harnesses and/or carriers
  • Food, drinking water, bowls, manual can opener
  • Medications and copies of medical records
  • Current photos of the pets
  • Take care of your furry family member and download the app directly from the iTunes, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace app stores.

    Red Cross Pet First Aid courses are also offered in some areas. Course participants have the opportunity to practice the first aid skills and receive feedback from the instructor.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.