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App Review: Pet First Aid
A multimedia guide to your dog’s bumps and bruises

No app is ever a good substitute for veterinary care, but your phone is a handy place to store a first aid reference. After all, if your dog is injured while the two of you are out and about, having the number for ASPCA Poison Control or instructions on performing CPR readily available can buy your pup precious time.

Information for the Pet First Aid app comes from PetCPR.com. The app mostly consists of text, laying out everything from what to include in your first aid kit to how to respond to a spinal injury. But Pet First Aid also includes pictures and videos to illustrate the concepts it describes. Pictures show how to identify oxygen deprivation from a dog’s gums and where to apply pressure to slow an injured dog’s bleeding. Videos demonstrate how to take your dog’s pulse, how to wrap an injured paw, how to perform CPR and more. Again, it’s not a substitute for learning these things from a professional, but it’s useful information in an emergency.

And, when you do get your pup to the emergency vet, Pet First Aid doubles as medical records storage. You can record all of your dog’s medications, vaccinations, allergies and medical conditions, as well as her veterinary contacts, right in your phone, so you and the emergency vet don’t waste precious seconds gathering her medical history.

Best of all, the Pet First Aid App doesn’t require an Internet connection; all of the information is stored directly on your device. So if you take your iPod Touch jogging, you’ll have access to all of the first aid information, even if you can’t get a wireless signal.

Price: $3.99

Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch

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Lauren Davis is a Berkeley-based freelance writer and editor of The Comic Book Guide to the Mission. She lives with her four-year-old Boxer, Skoda, who doesn't mind playing guinea pig as long as there are treats involved.

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