Summer is here and for many pets that means it’s time for Frisbee in the park, trips to the beach and plenty of outdoor fun. The American Red Cross has tips, apps and first aid courses to help pet owners keep their furry friends safe and healthy this summer.
PROTECT PETS FROM THE HEAT
KNOW WHICH PLANTS ARE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR PET Some plants and flowers can be hazardous for your pet. Visit the ASPCA Poison Control website to find out which plants and flowers are poisonous to animals. If you think your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your veterinarian.
DOWNLOAD THE PET FIRST AID APP The Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the Pet First Aid App has simple step-by-step advice to help cat and dog owners respond to more than 25 common pet first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and more, it’s never been easier to know pet first aid.
TAKE A PET FIRST AID COURSE Red Cross Pet First Aid courses teaches dog and cat owners how to provide prompt, effective first aid actions and emergency care until veterinary assistance is available. Participants will learn how to perform CPR on cats and dogs. To register for a Pet First Aid course near you, visit, redcross.org/TakeAClass.
For more information on pet safety, visit redcross.org