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Red Cross app offers help with emergency pet care

Saturday - 1/18/2014, 4:10pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Red Cross has a new app for pet owners. It's a Pet First Aid App that puts lifesaving information in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

The 99-cent app gives iPhone and Android smartphone users instant access to expert information so they learn how to maintain their pet's health and what to do during emergencies.

Dr. Deborah Mandell, who's a vet and a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, explains, "Pet owners need to learn the signs of a healthy dog or cat so they can recognize health problems early." She says catching potential illness or injury early can make a huge difference in treatment success.

Owners have access to step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations. Users learn 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.

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