Fido-and feline-loving fans of the country music radio broadcast The Bobby Bones Show are tuning in to a message that’s music to their ears as the host of the popular syndicated show promotes the American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid App.
A proud pet parent to an American Staffordshire Terrier named Dusty, the on-air personality was happy to spread the word about the new 99 cent app, which gives iPhone and Android smart phone users instant access to expert information so they learn how to provide care in an emergency situation until veterinary assistance is available.
The app offers access to step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations, including treatment for wounds, how to control bleeding, care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, and provides features which allow pet guardians to:
- Create a pet profile complete with tag identification number, photos, list of medications and instructions.
- Check a 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 hotels which also welcome companion animals.
- 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.
“Pet owners need to learn the signs of a healthy dog or cat so they can recognize health problems early,” said Deborah C. Mandell, VMD, DACVECC, member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, and staff veterinarian and adjunct associate professor at Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Catching potential illness or injury early can make a huge difference in treatment success.”
The Pet First Aid App 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 www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/pet-first-aid-app.
Bobby Bones’s barking buddy Dusty also promotes the benefits of the new Red Cross Pet First Aid App in his own PSA:
Photo Credit: Nashville Red Cross