Is that normal? Is my pet sick? Should I be taking her to the vet?

Owning a pet from when first weaned and into old age has continued challenges in maintaining its health and watching out for problems. Now, help is as close as your smartphone.

The Red Cross has an app, Pet First Aid, that offers advice on what’s normal behavior for your pet, and what to do in situations where your pet is having trouble. For instance, if they appear to be having an allergic reaction to something, and involved in a car accident, or need CPR.

Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon, drawing upon videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.

The Red Cross lists these features:

• 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.

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