Red Cross unveils new 'Pet First Aid' mobile app

Red Cross unveils new 'Pet First Aid' mobile app

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The app offers advice on administering medication, early warning signs of illnesses and how-to videos. The app offers advice on administering medication, early warning signs of illnesses and how-to videos.
"This is just one of our new apps that we offer to help keep people and their families safe and for a lot of people a pet is a member of the family," said Benjamin Prijatel, spokesperson for the Knoxville chapter of the Red Cross. "This is just one of our new apps that we offer to help keep people and their families safe and for a lot of people a pet is a member of the family," said Benjamin Prijatel, spokesperson for the Knoxville chapter of the Red Cross.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The American Red Cross released its new "Pet First Aid" app for iPhone and Android devices Thursday.

The Red Cross is no stranger to the app world. They already have ones for earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes.

"This is just one of our new apps that we offer to help keep people and their families safe and for a lot of people a pet is a member of the family," said Benjamin Prijatel, spokesperson for the Knoxville chapter of the Red Cross.

The app offers advice on administering medication, early warning signs of illnesses and how-to videos.

"It's going to show you tutorials on how to save your dog if its choking, or if it collapses and needs CPR," said Prijatel. "Also, it has lots of other tools in there as well if it gets into a fight with another dog, if it has lacerations and if it eats something that it's not supposed to. A lot of people know that dogs can't have chocolate, but do you know everything your dog can't have?"

You can also create a profile for your pet to set veterinary appointments and keep track of their allergies and vaccinations.

"A lot of pet owners will forget the last time their dog had rabies shots," said Prijatel. "A lot of pet owners will have to give that monthly heartworm pill, and it's easy to forget when that is supposed to happen."

If you happen to be traveling with your pet it can also locate pet-friendly hotels and emergency vet clinics.

The app costs 99 cents and goes to help support red cross efforts.

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