The 99-cent Pet First Aid app, available for iPhone and Android, provides expert information on maintaining pet health and what to do during emergencies.
“Pet owners need to learn the signs of a healthy dog or cat so they can recognize health problems early,” said Deborah C. Mandell, VMD, DACVECC, member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, staff veterinarian and adjunct associate professor at Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Catching potential illness or injury early can make a huge difference in treatment success.”
The app provides step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations, including treating wounds, controlling bleeding and breathing and cardiac emergencies. Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.
Pet owners can create pet profiles with tag identification numbers, photos, list of medications and instructions, use the “click-to-call” function to contact their veterinarian, find emergency pet care facilities and locate pet-friendly hotels.
The Red Cross app contains resources to help owners include pets in their emergency action plans.
“History shows that people have not evacuated during disasters because they did not want to leave their pets behind, and including pets in emergency planning before a disaster occurs helps keep the entire household safe,” Mandell said.
American Red Cross also offers Pet First Aid courses. Information: redcross.org/takeaclass for information and to register.