Tropical Storm Isaac: Are You Prepared?

 

Disaster can strike at any time. Are you prepared to deal with it? Here are some tips on how to keep your pets as safe as possible during a weather event like tropical storms, hurricanes, or tornadoes.

At the first sign of stormfall, even if it’s just a drizzle, bring your pet inside. They can get disoriented easily and lose their way before you even know it.

Do NOT leave your pets behind if you have to evacuate. Plan ahead of time for a place to take your pets (pet friendly hotel outside the affected area, relatives, kennels outside the affected area, etc.) because, unfortunately, not all Red Cross disaster shelters allow pets.

If you’re not evacuating, make sure to put stickers on your windows so rescuers know there are pets in the home.

Have an emergency kit already made up with things like:

Pet food: 3-7 days’ worth

Food/water dishes

Vinyl gloves

Poop bags

Medical records

Pet medications: 2 weeks’ worth

Bottled water: 3-7 days’ worth

Recent photos of your pet in case you’re separated

Flashlight

Extra leash

Travel crate/carrier, one per pet

Blankets

Small toy for comfort

Disposable litter boxes

Litter

Paper towels

First Aid kit:

Scissors

Tweezers

Various size gauze pads and surgical tape

Antiseptic wipes

Antibiotic ointment

Conforming gauze roll bandage

Hydrogen peroxide

Eye pad

Triangular bandage

Pet survival guide or pet first aid booklet

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with tags that have all of your current info on them. Even cats should wear a cat collar with tags during times of emergency like this.

Choose an alternate caregiver in case something happens to you and you are unable to care for your pet.

Think ahead and plan a few routes of evacuation and call ahead to make arrangements to board your pet or get a pet friendly hotel room.

Birds, reptiles, and small mammals have special needs in addition to those listed above.

Birds:

Keep them in a travel cage or carrier. If the carrier doesn’t have a perch, line it with paper towels so you can easily clean it frequently

Blanket for putting over the cage in cold weather and/or to reduce stress

Keep legs bands on for identification

Reptiles:

Travel cage/carrier

Solid bowl for pet to soak in

Heating pad/hot water bottle

Small mammals:

Carrier with bedding materials, food, and food bowls

A week’s worth of bedding

Salt lick

Extra water bottle

Hide box or tube

Make sure you also have everything packed for yourself, as well. Some kind of suitcase or crate on wheels might be helpful to put everything in.

With a little bit of planning, you and your pet can make it safely through a disaster together.

Be safe and enjoy life’s journey.

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Preventing Dog Bites

Every year, about 880,000 people require medical attention due to dog bites (CDC stats). I have personally been witness to 3 euthanasias of dogs because they were ‘biters.’ To protect not only ourselves, but dogs, as well, let’s go over some ways to prevent dog bites to begin with.

Children and Dogs

First of all, NEVER leave children alone with a dog, no matter how friendly, no matter that they’ve known each other for years. Also, make sure to teach your child the basics of dog safety:

Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially if that dog is tied up or confined by a fence or a car. Even the nicest dog can be a little extra protective of property when confined or even frightened because in confinement the dog can’t get away.

Never turn your back and run away from a dog.

Don’t scream at a dog.

When approached by an unfamiliar dog, “be still like a tree” and keep your hands at your sides.

Don’t make eye contact with any dog.

If a dog knocks you over, “be still like a log”, and roll into a ball with your hands over your ears.

Do not tease or chase any dog.

Never disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or has puppies.

Do not just reach out and pet a dog without letting it sniff you and see you.

If bitten, immediately find an adult.

Dog Owners

If a dog has a history of aggression, then it is not appropriate to have children around the dog. Do not bring that dog into your house as a pet if you have kids and do not allow children visiting your house to have any access to the dog. Keep the dog locked away from the kids. Don’t underestimate the determination of children to see the dog, make sure the door/enclosure is locked!

If your child is fearful of dogs, it’s probably a good idea to wait a while before adopting one yourself.

Spend time with a dogs before adopting it.

Never leave infants or young children alone with any dog.

Spay or neuter your dog. This can reduce aggressive tendencies.

Make sure your dog is properly socialized and trained.

Do not play aggressive games with your dog like wrestling or tug of war.

If Your Dog Bites

Confine the dog immediately and check on the victim. Get medical attention if necessary.

Have the date of your dog’s last Rabies vaccination on hand.

Cooperate with animal control and strictly adhere to any quarantine requirements they may have.

Consult with your veterinarian to help prevent your dog from biting again. They may refer you to a trainer or animal behaviorist, depending on the severity of your dog’s aggression. Your local animal control or humane society may also have resources available to help.

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We’re All Living Beings

I saw this on Facebook and I just had to share it. I know I’ve felt this way. What about you?

 

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Feline Olympic Fever

The 50m freestyle doesn’t look too confident. 😉

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