You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Red Cross Pets Adorably Demonstrate First Aid Needs

  • Audie
    Audie, The Adventurer. This is the moment Audio blew out his knee on a beach vacation. Mom used her pet first aid training to keep him comfy and safe until they could see a vet.
  • RCO Pet
    Dover, The Ambitious. Can’t get enough of raw hides. Also can’t deal with small rawhide pieces in his throat.
  • RCO Pet
    Patches, “The Most Perfect Dog on the Planet”, and Mimi, The Playful. They have a preparedness kit at home in case a family emergency arises.
  • RCO Pet
    Pippa, The Princess. This goldendoodle chipped a nail a little too close for comfort, so Mom had the Pet First Aid app ready to help.
  • RCO Pet
    King Louie is ready at home with a cage by the door for an easy and efficient evacuation during emergencies. All hail a well prepared family.
  • RCO Pet
    Boots, The Stately. Boots is a Cairn Terrier.
Red Crossers share their pet first aid stories and tips.

Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their adventures. Red Crossers share some lessons from their furry family members and tips to keep your pets safe.


“Audie blew out his knee on our beach vacation. I used my pet first aid training to make sure he was comfortable and safe until we were able to get him home and to the orthopedic vet. The training also came in handy during his very long recovery from knee surgery.”


“Dover can get a little ambitious with his raw hides and tends to eat them until they are in super small pieces. We try to take it away before they get that small, but sometimes he beats us to it. He’s gotten the small pieces caught in his throat before, so we’ve had to open his mount and pull it out. He just loved those raw hides to the very end!”


“Patches and Mimi are all set at home with a dog preparedness kit, just like I have one for us. The kit has the American Red Cross Pet First Aid book, bowls for food and water, leash, photos, a vet card, copies of papers (county license and latest rabies shot), food, water, a blanket, treats and a couple of toys.” Remember to keep your papers updated in the kit!


“Pippa is a one-year-old goldendoodle. In February her nail got too long and, while playing in daycare, she chipped her nail a little too close for comfort. I consulted the Pet First Aid App so I'd know what to do if it started bleeding. We took her to the vet and got it cleaned, clipped and bandaged.”


“A few years ago there was a fire in our apartment building. We knew where the crates were and quickly put Louie and Penny into the crates to take them outside with us as we evacuated the building. The only other thing we took with us, besides the cats in their crate, was my purse. We keep a crate in the coat closet by the door so that if there were a fire, we could quickly get them in it and out the door.

Another cat pet tip I try to remember is that lilies and tulips (popular flowers this time of year) are poisonous to cats, so you want to make sure your cat is not eating them!”


Pet owners can download the Red Cross Pet First Aid App. The 99 cent app gives smartphone and tablet users instant access to information on what to do during an emergency with their pet until veterinary assistance is available. The app includes step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations.

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.