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American Red Cross pet first aid app

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Furry family members can mean a lot to pet owners.  Now, the American Red Cross is debuting a Pet First Aid App.  It's said to put lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners in case emergency care is needed.  The app provides expert information on what to do until veterinary assistance is available.  That valuable information costs you a $0.99 download on iPhone and Android smart phones.


"Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian," said Mark Beddingfield, Regional Executive Officer, American Red Cross Alabama 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."

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.
• 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 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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