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Red Cross unveils pet first-aid app

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The American Red Cross announced Jan. 16 that it has developed a smart-phone application to help cat and dog owners provide emergency care for their pets.

The “Pet First Aid” app for iPhone and Android phones includes instructions, videos and images for handling more than 25 common first-aid and emergency situations.

“Users learn how to treat wounds, control bleeding and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies,” the Washington, D.C.-based Red Cross said. “Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.”

The app also allows pet owners to create profiles of their pets, find emergency animal hospitals and pet-friendly hotels, and learn how to develop disaster-response plans that include their pets.

The product, which costs 99 cents and is sold here, is the latest in a series of pet first-aid apps on the market. Others include “Pet First Aid” from Jiva Media and “PetSaver” from PetTech.

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