Red Cross releases app for pet first aid

PHILADELPHIA, PA (FOX NEWS)  – Most people have a first aid kit at home to take care of minor injuries.

But do you know what to do if your pet gets sick or injured?

Well the Red Cross has developed an app that brings the vet’s office right to your smartphone.

The app features more than twenty-five health and emergency scenarios.

From how to perform CPR to properly treating a wound.

It also provides a checklist for assembling a pet’s first aid kit.

And tips for traveling and ensuring the safety of your four-legged friend.

Dr. Deborah  Mandell / Veterinarian says: “Well one of the reasons that the Red Cross developed the Pet First Aid App, is because we saw that during emergencies, people didn’t quite know what to do with their pets, so they kind of know what to do to prepare for the rest of their family, but they often weren’t including their four legged family members in their emergency preparedness plans. So it’s really important to make sure that when you are planning for the emergency preparedness needs for your whole family you are including those four legged family members too. What we found is that if people don’t plan for their pets, they often don’t know what to do and don’t evacuate a dangerous area or sometimes even worse, they evacuate themselves and leave their pets behind. You don’t want to do that during a disaster. You want to make sure you know what to do to take care of your children, of any elderly parents and of course your pets as well.”

Laura Howe / American Red Cross Spokesperson says: “Absolutely, so one of the great features of the app is it lets you know exactly what you should have in a disaster preparedness kit for your entire family, and it includes items that you need to have for your pets as well. That includes a first aid kit and you want to ensure that you have some basic first aid itemsand we have some of those here, including gauze, bandages, a thermometer, muzzle, clips, nail clips for both dogs and cats, eye wash, things of that nature, rubber gloves, all things that you want to make sure you have on hand in the event that you have an emergency. You also want to make sure that you have some larger items in your emergency kit. You want to make sure you have a crate, you have leashes, you have things that you are going to make you dog or cat comfortable. Some of their favorite toys, and of course food and water for them as well.”

To find out more about the pet first aid app, go to http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/pet-first-aid-app.



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