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Be a high tech pet owner

by User Not Found | Mar 04, 2014

I know there are some of you still out there resistant to change and or embrace technology, but there will come a time in your life at a particular moment when you realize just how amazing it is.  Then you will promptly kick yourself in the shin and say, man I wish I had done this sooner!  Granted we are making things easier that don’t necessarily NEED to be easier, like re-loading my Starbucks card, but we are giving people access to information no matter where they are and information is power.  I am visiting you today with a short blog about this amazing new app I found.  If you don’t know what an app is by now, I would recommend going back to Step 1: Get a smart phone. 

I know that all of you faithful followers of my blog are always readily prepared for an emergency as we have discussed many times before, but let’s step in to the land of make-believe for just a minute and pretend that you are walking your dog and a giant band of African killer bees attacks your dog.  Unless you happen to carry a veterinary emergency medicine textbook in your back pocket, you probably don’t know what to do next.  But thanks to this new app, you can pull it up on your phone, which we all know, is always with you.  We know this because when you left the house without it the first time, you had a sinking feeling and went back for it…..

The American Red Cross Pet First app is a must have guys.  It does cost $0.99, but something tells me you can probably find that change in your couch cushion right now.  Yeah that cushion underneath your golden retriever.  It’s been developed by the Red Cross and veterinarians at Penn and offers concise, easy to navigate info that you can access in seconds.  The coolest part is there are videos covering CPR for three different sizes of dogs (you too could be a community hero) and a separate one for cats.  I downloaded this app, which is made for both Android and iOS and literally was giddy with the information available at my fingertips.  In addition to the videos, there are interactive quizzes (luckily I passed) and simple step-by-step advice.

From the American Red Cross’s website , I found a list of all the goodies available on this app from scraping together your couch change.

  • Convenient toggle between cat and dog content.
  • Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand.
  • Prepare and protect your pet’s health with advice on administering medication, time to say goodbye, behavioral help and how to act in a disaster situation.
  • Early warning sign checker for preventive care.
  • Programmable veterinary contact number to be available when needed throughout the app.
  • Learn first aid steps for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images, in addition to identifying common toxic substances.
  • Locate your nearest emergency vet hospital or pet-friendly hotels.
  • Respond to pet emergencies with “how to” videos for the common and stressful emergency situations inclusive of size specific CPR techniques.
  • Customize multiple pet profiles and set veterinary appointments.
  • Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends along with a picture of your pet.

I can’t think of a single reason not to download this app.  You’re furry friends will thank you!  And thanks to the Red Cross for a wonderful, affordable resource!

Cheers!

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