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New Red Cross App Designed to Help Furry Friends

Daisy, Michele Skalicky's Dog
Daisy, Michele Skalicky's Dog (Credit: Michele Skalicky)

The Pet First Aid App, offered by the American Red Cross, provides step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 first aid and emergency situations including how to treat wounds, control bleeding and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies.  Nigel Holderby is spokesperson for the Red Cross Southern Missouri Region.

"One of the nice things that I like about this app is that you can create a pet profile, so if you have a tag identification number it goes in there, a photo of your pet, medication instructions, who your veterinarian contact is.  It even has a feature for click to call, so if you have an emergency and you need to contact your veterinarian, you can have their number programmed right in that app," she said.

The app also helps pet owners during disasters.  It contains resources to help them include pets in their emergency plans.  For example, the app helps locate emergency pet care facilities and pet-friendly hotels.

Holderby says it’s the newest app in a series of Red Cross apps designed to help people.

"We do have the disaster preparedness app, so we have the tornado app, we have a wildfire app, so we have a lot of different things that deal wtih preparedness.  We also have the human first aid app, which is another fantastic app that does fairly the same thing.  It has some videos on it, what to do to stop bleeding, so we've got these apps that are just for all different types of things that happen in your life," she said.

Most of the apps are free, but the Pet First Aid app is 99 cents.

The Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.