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Sunday, September 14, 2014

National Preparedness Month: Four Top Pet Protection Strategies From Pet 360


Our good friends at Pet 360 recently conducted a survey of over 5,000 pet owners to understand just how many of you are adequately prepared to face a disaster or emergency evacuation with your pets. It turns out that the numbers could certainly improve! In the interest of full disclosure, Parental Unit counts herself among those not prepared for a disaster or evacuation for herself and for Bella and me.

                                Hey, we need to come, too!

In fact, 13% of those surveyed had already been through a disaster or emergency evacuation with their pets—so the danger is real. And of those 13%, a whopping 12% were actually separated from their pets during the emergency. The survey also shows that most pet owners simply aren't prepared for a disaster: 46% do not have an emergency plan in place for their pets; less than 35% have an emergency kit specifically for their pets; and 63% don't even have pet alert stickers in their windows.

But help is on the way! Pet 360, along with Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, have created "The Four  P's of Pet Preparedness".  We suggest that you print these out and have your Parental Units gather the following information and supplies, so your entire family is prepared in case emergency strikes. And what better time to get crackin' than National Preparedness Month?

1.    Plan ahead – Many local and state health and safety regulations do not allow pets to accompany their owners to disaster shelters (Philadelphia DOES allow pets in disaster shelters). Determine the best evacuation plan, including where to go and how to get your pets there safely. Follow this emergency planning checklist, and you’ll be well-prepared.
2.    Practice with your pets – The first step of any pet evacuation plan is to quickly and safely remove your pet from harm’s way. Your pet may be inclined to run and hide when disaster strikes, so be sure to rehearse a "come" command with your dog and identify a reliable way to find your cat, maybe by opening a can of food. Also practice putting your cat in a carrier and getting your dog in and out of the car. The more you practice, the more comfortable they'll be. 
3.    Pack an emergency kit – Assembling an emergency go-kit well in advance of a disaster will ensure nothing gets left behind. Your pet emergency kit should include first aid supplies, proof of ownership, vaccination history, and at least one of your pet’s favorite toys or blankets. Not sure what else to pack? Check out Pet360's top 10 pet emergency kit items.
4.    Protect your pets when they’re home alone – Disasters can strike when you’re not home. Display a Pet Alert sticker on your front door or window to let first responders know how many pets are inside. Remember to include your veterinarian’s contact information.

Kudos to Pet 360 and the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team for this spot-on information!






Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cat Helpers Continued...

Wasn't it just last week that we shared a video of a feline "helping" sort the laundry? Well, to drive home just how important a cat's services can be around the house, enjoy this video of kitty lending a paw at dishwashing time.



Note to self: That looks like even more fun than scattering Parental Unit's papers...


Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Veterinarian's Perspective On Our Canine 9/11 Heroes

  Denise Corliss and Bretagne, a Golden Retriever, both helped at Ground Zero. Beautiful Bretagne is still alive today and is a finalist for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards!

Kudos to DogTime Media for this pitch-perfect piece on the canine heroes of 9/11, and the veterinarian, Dr. Cindy Otto, who tended to the Ground Zero working dogs for 10 days following the attacks.  We all owe a huge debt to the countless humans and approximately 900 trained service dogs who gave their time and risked their lives to help so many in need on that horrific day, and for the months and years afterward.

What we didn't know were the results of studies conducted on both the humans and animals who served  at Ground Zero. Although the reasons are not clear, there are differences in the way the human body reacted to the onsite debris and dust and the way a canine"s body reacted. Although the human workers at Ground Zero had higher incidents of cancer rates in the following years, the dogs did not, at least according to one study directed by Dr. Otto and  funded by the AKC's Canine Health Foundation.

Dr. Otto also founded Penn Vet Working Dog Center in 2007 to " Enhance research and training" for all working dogs, with thej ultimate goal to make their lives better. A hearty thank you to Dr. Otto for not only her work at Ground Zero, but for following through on her passion for all working dogs.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Since September is International Pet Bloggers Month (Yes, it's true!), today's fun "theme" over at BlogPaws is "Pets Who Type"...and who among us isn't a full-fledged member of that group? I mean, how else do these dang blogs get written?

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch... I've assigned my remaining typing to my assistant, er, Parental Unit, so Bella and I can get some serious rest.

                           Blogs? I don't do blogs...

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to meet some new buddies!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Pets Fill The Void...And More

                       Beautiful illustration by Sarah Jacoby

We hope you enjoy this sweet, poignant essay, recently posted on The New York Times "Menagerie" blog. It's a beautiful piece of writing, and says so much about the human need to connect with other humans and other species. And so many times those connections are made through the mutual love of a pet.

Let us know what you think...
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