Keeping Our Furry Friends Safe: The Red Cross App and Online Course

April has been designated as Pet
First Aid Awareness month. This is the perfect time for pet lovers to take the
American Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid online course and download the Pet
First Aid App.
“All
pet owners, pet-sitters and dog walkers should know what to do in an emergency
until veterinary care is available,” said Deborah C. Mandell, VMD, DACVECC,
member of the
American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, and
professor at Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania. “The Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid online course and the Pet
First Aid App are both easy and convenient ways to learn life-saving skills.”

Take the course. You can access the
course on your desktop or tablet at
redcross.org/catdogfirstaid and go through the
content at your own pace. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the
course. You can stop and pick up where you left off if Fluffy needs a
treat or it’s time to take Fido to the dog park. The interactive course
includes:
  • How
    to determine your pet’s normal vital signs so that you can spot any irregularities
  • Step-by-step
    instructions and visual aids for what to do if your pet is choking, needs CPR, has
    a wound, or is having a seizure
  • Information
    on preventative care, health and tips for your pet’s well-being
Download the app. The free Pet First Aid App provides instant access to expert guidance on how to maintain your pet’s
health, what to do in emergencies, and how to include pets in your emergency
preparedness plans.
The app
will also help cat and dog owners keep their pets safe by learning what
emergency supplies to have on hand; when a veterinarian should be contacted; and
where to find a pet care facility or pet-friendly hotel. Instructions are provided on how to assemble a pet first aid kit and an emergency kit. You will have access to
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.
The Pet First Aid App can be
downloaded by texting ‘GETPET’ to 90999; by going to redcross.org/apps; or by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in app
stores.

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About the American Red
Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit
redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.