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Emergency Kit For Your Pet: What would you add to the list?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Recent natural disasters happening around the world highlight the need to have emergency procedures in place for our own families.

Disaster emergencies can require being prepared to evacuate our homes from a short absence to a permanent relocation.

It’s disorienting enough for people to have to evacuate, however when pets have to leave, it is very disrupting.

Today, I came across an ASPCA article which lists helpful pet preparedness information. Below are some ideas from the ASPCA for an emergency kit to keep on hand for your pet. Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit every two months—otherwise they may spoil or become useless.

  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet (Pet Grab-n-Go Crate)
  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book
  • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food
  • Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Extra harness and leash (harnesses are recommended for safety and security)
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
  • Your pet’s favorite toy


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Celebrate: Giving thanks to those who share our lives

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving from VetLocator

Happy Thanksgiving from VetLocator.com

This morning I got up a few minutes later than normal and walked slowly downstairs to be greeted by 3 sets of anxious eyes and dancing paws.


I’ll bet you’ve had similar scenes in your house too.

And as I began the morning ritual of gathering up the food bowls and preparing the morning special pet food mix, the dancing and love flinging in my direction intensified to a fever pitch.

It’s nice to be adored 🙂

I know my pets give thanks each and every time I feed them, and for each moment I take time from my busy schedule to spend just with them, and for sharing my life with me.  And you know what?  I feel exactly the same about them.  I give thanks to them each day, for giving me such pleasure in their company, and such love.  They remind me to be real because that is what they understand most.  I thank them for that.

And I have much more beyond sharing my life with my pets.  I give thanks to the wonderful veterinarians that fill the directories we share with you.  I’ve learned from these dedicated folks that being a veterinarian takes a special kind of person, someone who starts out with a love and need to help animals and matches it with a desire to heal.  To generalize a bit, as a group, these are some of the nicest, most caring folks I’ve ever met, and I’m thankful for them.

I give thanks for being part of a great team at VetLocator.com. It’s a pleasure to work here.

And I give thanks to you as well.  And I know your pets do too.

In our Daily Paws newsletter, I mentioned the video I created showcasing our Thanksgiving Pet Pictures.  I created it using Animoto, a super simple online system that has a basic free account you can use to create videos from your photos or video clips and your favorite music.  Animoto will also host your video on their site and will even upload your video to a YouTube or Smugmug account if you have one.

I uploaded the video to my personal YouTube account and then watched both videos side by side to see which service was better. I decided I liked the one hosted on Animoto the best because there is no bar at the bottom so it is actually a bigger image. Very nice.

Below you can see the video I created and at the bottom of the video is the logo which links to Animoto so you can make your very own videos if you want to.


Animoto - The End of Slideshows

Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda - VetLocator.com

Fire safety for your pets. What you should know to create an effective plan

Sunday, August 15th, 2010
Fire extinguisher
Image by Mr Wabu via Flickr

Recently I ran across a somewhat startling statistic about pets and fires.  According to a recent ZooToo article, pets are responsible for starting more than 1,000 accidental fires every year.

I don’t know if you’d ever given that any thought but that got me thinking about our house and any fire dangers that were there for our pets.

Although I don’t have any little one’s living at home I recall a time when I did and how I’d walk through the house with ‘different eyes’ looking at what was there from the viewpoint of a child.  There were many dangers that I’d never considered.

Now I was doing this same thing again, only this time it was for pet safety and fire prevention.  I’m happy to say that I had very little to correct to keep things safe for my family and pets.

Here are some guidelines from the American Kennel Club and ADT that you might want to review for your pet’s fire safety and a link to information for a free window decal to let firefighters know you have pets inside at the end of the list:

AKC® and ADT offer the following tips to educate pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe:

Prevent Your Pet From Starting Fires

Extinguish open flames — Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.

Remove stove knobs — Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.

Invest in flameless candles — These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.

Beware of water bowls on wooden decks — Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.

Keep Your Pets Safe

Keep pets near entrances when away from home — Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.

Secure young pets — Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

Since pets left alone can’t escape a burning home — Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.

Affix a pet alert window cling — Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

Pet owners can obtain a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling online at www.adt.com and clings will be available this September at your local AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. This year’s flagship event will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 25th, 2010. Visit www.akc.org for more information on an event near you.

Be safe!


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