A new app to keep your pets safe

The Red Cross has developed an app that provides pet owners with a new line of defense against emergencies.

The "Pet First Aid" app provides pet owners with walkthroughs to numerous pet emergency scenarios, including choking, burns, poisoning, wounds, and hypothermia. Each scenario contains a step-by-step guide on what to do.

Although the app is not intended to replace veterinary care, PetCo associate Rachel Kurz said it's a good first line of defense if an animal is injured or needs medical attention. "It's good just to have the information right there, even just to have read up on it," Kurz said.

"If a situation does come into your hands, then you have some idea of what you are going to be doing."

Several pet owners in Jefferson City said they were enthusiastic about the idea. "It gives me some sense of relief that if there's an emergency where I would need something like that, that it would be readily available," said dog owner Lucas Eggen.

Dog owner John Burnett said he plans to download the app after learning about what "Pet First Aid" has to offer. "Most of us don't know what some of the symptoms are that a dog can have," Burnett said. "Having a resource like that is great."

The app is currently available for iPhone and Android.