Free app helps pet owners provide emergency care until veterinary care is available


Pet First Aid

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The Red CrossGet 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 household’s emergency preparedness plans with the American Red Cross Pet First Aid App.

The app offers users 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.

Other features in the app allow pet owners to:

  • Create a pet profile including tag identification number, photos, list of medications and instructions.
  • Use the list of early warning signs to learn when to call their veterinarian.
  • Find emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians with the animal hospital locator.
  • Locate pet-friendly hotels in case they have to evacuate in an emergency or when they travel.
  • Assemble a pet first aid kit and an emergency preparedness kit.
  • Test their knowledge with interactive quizzes and earn badges that they can share on their social networks along with their favorite picture of their pet.

The app is free and available via the iTunes Store and Google Play or directly via the Red Cross.