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Red Cross Debuts Pet First Aid App

Posted at 9:29 AM, Feb 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-24 10:04:34-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 24, 2014) — In the video, Sarah Brodhead talks to Kelly Hudson, the Regional Communications Officer for the American Red Cross of West Michigan, about a new first aid app showing you how to care for your cat or dog until you can get to a vet’s office.

Highlights of the App

  • Pet owners learn about signs of a healthy dog or cat so they can recognize health problems early.  Catching potential illness or injury early can make a huge difference in treatment success.
  • The app gives users instant access to information including step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations for dogs and cats.
  • App users will learn how to treat wounds, control bleeding and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Information about administering medication, behavioral and nutritional information is also included.
  • Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.

Storing Personal Information 

  • Owners can create a pet profile including tag identification number, photos and list of medications with instructions.
  • The list of early warning signs helps users learn when to call their veterinarian.
  • Click-to-call feature allows pet owners to easily get in contact with their veterinarian.
  • Users also can also locate pet-friendly hotels for when they travel
  • The app lets pet owners test their knowledge with interactive quizzes and earn badges that they can attach their favorite pet photo to and share on their social networks.

Click here to download the pet first aid app.