A new “app” from the Red Cross puts lifesaving information at your fingertips so you can provide emergency care for your dog or cat until veterinary assistance is available.
The Pet First Aid App allows pet owners to create a profile of their animal, including tag ID numbers, photos, and medications.
Red Cross spokesman Stephen Hudson says there's also a list of early warning signs to help you know when to call the vet.
“They give you step-by-step instructions, videos and images for about 25 common first aid emergency situations for cats and dogs. The app users will learn how to treat wounds, control bleeding, and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies,” Hudson says.
“They've also got some additional topics including burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies, which is not unlike the first aid app the Red Cross already has for humans.”
In addition, Hudson says the app has an “animal hospital locator” to help you find emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians.
And you can even use it to locate pet-friendly hotels in case of an evacuation or other emergency.
Plus, you can take a Red Cross Pet First Aid course to practice the skills and receive feedback.
The app costs 99 cents, and can be found in the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store for Android or online at www.redcross.org/mobileapps.