Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April is the American Red Cross's National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Are you prepared? While the mission of the American Red Cross is in part to prevent and alleviate human suffering, they know how much we love our pets too. That’s why the Red Cross created a Pet First Aid app ($.99) to put veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand.

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.

According to a Red Cross review of the app, the top five app features include:
  • Step-by-step instructions for first aid emergencies
  • Pet profile for storing tag ID, photo and medical information
  • Early warning signs for when to contact a veterinarian
  • Animal hospital locator
  • How to include pets in emergency preparedness plans
Red Cross Pet First Aid courses are also offered in some areas. Course participants have the opportunity to practice the first aid skills and receive feedback from the instructor.

In addition, the American Veterinary Medical Association has a checklist to help you put together a first aid kit for your pets. Many of the items in a family first aid kit can be used for pets, too.  Click here for the check list!

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