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      Red Cross releases app for pet emergencies

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The American Red Cross has released a new smartphone app to help pet owners with first aid in emergencies.

      The app, called The Pet First Aid app, gives dog and cat owners emergency care advice to follow until a vet is able to see their furry friend.

      The app is available on both Android and Apple devices for only 99 cents.

      "Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian," said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for the Palmetto SC Region. "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.

      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.
      • Use "click-to-call" to contact their veterinarian.
      • Find emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians with the "animal hospital locator."
      • Locate pet-friendly hotels.
      • 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.
      • Resources to help owners include pets in their emergency action plans.

      The Pet First Aid App and other Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

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