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Red Cross launches Pet First Aid App

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Your pet is your family, and the American Red Cross wants you to know how to care for your furry friend.

Today, the Red Cross launched the Pet First Aid App for iPhone and Android users. It puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid. 

“We understand the important emotional role that pets play in the lives of families and this tool helps pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact the veterinarian,” said Leighton Jones, Chief Disaster Officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. “This new 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 Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals embraces the strategy to better prepare pet owners.

“I have no doubt that learning more about common emergencies—from exposure to cold, accidental poisoning and broken limbs—will empower pet owners with the information they need to save their pet,” said Dr. Kiko Bracker of Angell Animal Medical Center, which sees upwards of 75 pet emergencies every day in its emergency and critical care center.  “I applaud the American Red Cross of Massachusetts for its efforts to put this vital information into the hands of every pet owner—and I encourage pet owners to take the app’s quiz to learn as much as they can about common emergencies and how they can be treated.”

Features include:

  • Convenient toggle between cat and dog content.
  • Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand.
  • 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.
  • Early warning sign checker for preventive care.
  • 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.
  • Locate your nearest emergency vet hospital or pet-friendly hotels.
  • 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.
  • Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends along with a picture of your pet.
  • Download the app directly to your iPhone or Android device.