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American Red Cross Issues new Pet First Aid App

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ALBANY, N.Y.—A new Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information in the hands of dog and cat owners.

With pets being an important part of many families, the new Pet First Aid App gives pet owners information so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

"Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian," said Gary Striar, CEO, American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. "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."

Special features in the app include:

  • 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.
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