Local American Red Cross joins Penn Vet to launch Pet First Aid App

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PHILADELPHIA, PA, THURSDAY, JANUARY,16,2014 Pets are an important part of many families, and a new Red Cross Pet First Aid App, done in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

The 99 cent Pet First Aid app gives iPhone and Android smart phone users instant access to expert information, provided by Penn Vet doctors and experts so they learn how to maintain their pet’s health and what to do during emergencies.

“Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian,” said American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania CEO Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes. “The 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. We are so proud that we have Penn Vet in our own backyard that can provide such valuable information nationwide.”

Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.

Other features in the app 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.


History shows that people have not evacuated during disasters because they did not want to leave their pets behind. The Red Cross app contains resources to help owners include pets in their emergency action plans. Pet owners may also take a Red Cross Pet First Aid course so they can practice the skills and receive feedback. People can go to redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.

The Red Cross has made great strides in making emergency information available whenever and wherever people need it. The Pet First Aid App and other Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.


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 redcross.org, redcrossphilly.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross or @redcrossphilly.

About Penn Vet:

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.


Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,100 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.