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Pet First Aid app available from Red Cross

The American Red Cross has released a Pet First Aid app for smartphones, intended to put lifesaving information in the hands of pet owners and allow them to provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

The 99-cent Pet First Aid app gives iPhone and Android smartphone users access to expert information so they learn how to maintain their pets’ health and what to do during emergencies.

“Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian,” said Red Cross Dakotas Region CEO Judy Green. “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.”

Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.