Posted on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

American Red Cross pet app could save lives

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There are apps for seemingly everything you need in life, and that includes pet care resources. The American Red Cross released the Red Cross Pet First Aid App at the start of 2014, and the informative and interactive application could come in handy for anyone with a cat or dog. In addition to offering advice on regular care and providing symptom information for common cat and dog illnesses, the mobile app can also be useful in the event of an emergency.

The app lets you store information, such as medications your dog is taking, the name and contact information of your veterinarian, ID tag numbers, pet care appointments and photos. You can also quickly access written and video instructions in case of emergencies, such as a runaway dog or a cat trapped in a fire.

The app can also help users find pet-friendly hotels and other resources in times of natural disasters.

“History shows that people have not evacuated during disasters because they did not want to leave their pets behind,” said Deborah Mandell, V.M.D., staff veterinarian and member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council.

Now, with the help of the app, it’ll be easier for pet owners to prepare for emergencies, such as hurricanes or tornadoes. It costs $1 for iOS and Android users, but the money is considered a donation to the Red Cross.

This content post is provided by the pet experts at Hartz.