September 15, 2017


 Red Cross offers online course on first aid for cats and dogs

Posted Aug. 30, 2017

American Red Cross The American Red Cross announced Aug. 8 the release of its new Cat and Dog First Aid online course to teach pet owners what to do in an emergency until veterinary care is available.

"It's so important for people to know what to do if a person is experiencing a life-threatening emergency," said Dr. Deborah C. Mandell of the University of Pennsylvania's Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, in the announcement. "Now, the Red Cross Cat and Dog First Aid online course provides owners, pet-sitters and dog walkers with an easy and convenient way to learn life-saving skills for their pets."

People can access the course on their desktop computer or tablet and go through the content at their own pace. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the course.

The interactive course includes the following:

  • How to determine a pet's normal vital signs so that owners can notice any irregularities.
  • Step-by-step instructions and visual aids for what to do if a pet is choking, needs CPR, has a wound, or is having a seizure.
  • Information on preventive care and health and tips for a pet's well-being.

The Red Cross' Pet First Aid App, linked from the same site, complements the course by providing cat and dog owners with instant access to resources such as expert advice, an animal hospital locator, pet-friendly hotels, and content on how to include pets in family emergency preparedness plans. The app can be downloaded for free in mobile app stores or by texting "GETPET" to 90999.