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American Red Cross Highlights Pet First Aid App

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App helps dog and cat owners provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and the Northwest Louisiana Chapter is highlighting the Red Cross Pet First Aid App released earlier this year. A helpful resource for dog and cat owners, the app gives lifesaving information so people can provide emergency care for their pets until veterinary assistance is available.

 The 99 cent Pet First Aid App gives iPhone and Android smart phone users instant access to expert information 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 Reid Brau, Northwest Louisiana Chapter Executive Director. "The Pet First Aid 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."

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.
  • Learn how to include pets in their emergency action plan and how to prepare a pet emergency kit.
  • 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.

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.

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