Pawmetto Lifeline believes in treating pets with compassionate care and treating your dogs and cats like they are family members. To be sure you get the best care for your pet in an emergency situation, Pawmetto Lifeline is partnering with The American Red Cross to promote the new Pet First Aid App for your smartphones.
To find out more about the app, we interviewed Stephen Hudson, Regional Communications Officer for The American Red Cross, about the new Pet First Aid App:
What was the driving force behind the Red Cross wanting to create an app like this?
We know pets are a part of the family, and experience with natural disasters also shows us people often times will not evacuate because they don’t want to leave their pets behind. If it’s not safe for you, then it’s not safe for your pet. With this app, you can find pet friendly places that are safe for both your family AND your pet. You can also use the life-saving tools in the app to care for your pet in an emergency situation.
How does this type of app help both pets and their owners?
This app is full of information to keep your pet safe. Pet owners learn about signs of a healthy dog or cat so they can recognize health problems early. Catching potential illness or injury early can make a huge difference in successful treatment. The app gives users instant access to information including step-by-step instructions, videos, and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations for dogs and cats. App users will learn how to treat wounds, control bleeding, and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Information about administering medication, and behavioral and nutritional information is also included. Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold or heat-related emergencies.
Where did the life-saving information for this app come from? (Is there an agency similar to the Red Cross dedicated to animal care or did the information come from veterinary resources?) The Red Cross partnered with the veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania to develop this app. They guided the American Red Cross through the process of developing the information and the tools available. The Red Cross also consulted with the American Veterinarian Hospital Association to identify vet hospitals across the country.
In your opinion, what are the best features of the app? Personally I like how the app allows people to set up a profile for their pet and upload pertinent information. I’ve seen firsthand when there is a disaster, or people have to evacuate quickly, many times they grab just a cell phone. If a lot of their pet’s information (such as medication, a photo, and tag identification number) is stored on the app then it makes things simpler. It’s also one less stressor people have to deal with during a disaster, whether that’s a single family house fire or a large scale disaster, such as a Hurricane Katrina. I’ve downloaded it and already started adding in my dog’s photo and her vet’s office information. I have been very impressed with how easy the app is to use.
Is this app compatible with all smart phones? Anyone with an iPhone or Android can download the app for just .99 cents at the Apple App Store or through Google Play Store for Android. Or they can go to www.redcross.org/mobileapps to learn more about this app and any of the other apps available for download from the American Red Cross.