First Aid for Pets: There’s an App for That

Our pets are more than just our pets; they’re our family, so the thought of any harm befalling them is terrifying. Many of us have learned how to handle emergency situations when it comes to our fellow mankind, but do you know what to do if your dog starts to choke? 

The American Red Cross has a cat and dog first aid course and Pet First Aid app, both of which offer advice on what to do if the unthinkable happens. 

The online, 30-minute course will take you through understanding your pet’s normal vital signs; step-by-step instructions and visual aids for what to do if your pet is bleeding, having a seizure, or suffering from heatstroke; and gives information on preventative care and health tips for your furry friend’s well-being. 

The app provides free, instant access to expert guidance on how to maintain your pet’s health, what to do in an emergency, and how to include pets in your emergency preparedness plans. It also instructs when pet owners should contact their veterinarian, where to find a pet care facility, and pet-friendly hotels. 

Take the online course by visiting redcross.org/catdogfirstaid; the free app is available via the app store on your phone. 

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