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Pet Safety Tips
Pet Safety Fact #1: Take several pictures of all the animals in your household and keep these pictures with your important insurance papers (include vaccination records, too). Be sure to include in the pictures any distinguishing marks. These pictures can help reunite you with a lost pet. Store the pictures in a resealable plastic bag in case you have to post them during rainy months.
Pet Safety Fact #2: Have at least a week's supply of pet food and water on hand at all times. Store the dry food in air tight/waterproof containers. If you use canned food, buy the flip top cans or have a can opener in your airtight disaster supply container. Keep some of your pet's favorite treats on hand - they get stressed, too, and a treat provides them some comfort. Also keep a supply of cat litter, a clean litter scoop, and litter pan in your disaster kit.
Pet Safety Fact #3: Put a collar and tag (with address and phone number) on your pets. This will increase your chances of reuniting you with your pets if they escape.
Pet Safety Fact #4: Always keep a back-up supply of your pets' medications. A vet may not be open for some time following a disaster. Prepare to ice down medications that need to be refrigerated (ice is available from the Red Cross). Ask your vet is he/she has a disaster plan. Your pets may need medical attention after a disaster and you need to know where to take your animal. Keep a first aid kit in your disaster kit for your pet (check with your vet on what to include).
Pet Safety Fact #5: Have a pet carrier or evacsack to evacuate each pet in your household. If you have to confine the pet(s) for a long period of time, have a carrier large enough to hold a shoe box sized litter box, a water/food dish, and room for the pet to comfortably lie down. Ensure the carrier is not left in the sun, and, if it is warm, that the pet gets good ventilation. If you must take the pet out, do so in a confined space as the pet may try to run away.
Pet Safety Fact #6: Start a buddy system with someone in your neighborhood so that they will check on your animals during disaster in case you aren't home. Agree to do the same for them. Exchange information on veterinarians and have a permission slip put in your file at the vets, authorizing your buddy to get necessary emergency treatment for your pet in case you can't be reached. Talk with your pets' "babysitter" about a disaster plan to be used to evacuate and care for your animals in your absence.
Pet Safety Fact #7: Comfort your pet during a disaster - they are frightened, too. Having you near to give them a hug will help. Do not force this - let them come to you when they are ready. Hurricanes, Typhoons, and other natural disasters are just as disturbing for pets as they are children.
Pet Safety Fact #8: In the event of a natural or other disaster, continue to feed your pets the food they are used to and put it out as close to the normal time as possible. If you feed canned food, reduce the normal amount by half (supplement with dry food) to reduce the possibility of diarrhea. Be sure to provide your pets with fresh water at all times.
Pet Safety Fact #9: To properly fit your pet's collar, use a piece of string to measure your animal's neck. Add two inches and that is the size of collar you need. Insure you can place two fingers under the collar comfortably.
Pet Safety Fact #10: Put a collar and tag (with address and phone number) on your pets' collar. This will increase your chances of reuniting you with your pets if they escape.
Pet Safety Fact #11: Know where the animal shelters are in your area. You may need to visit them to look for a missing pet. Also call the National Lost Pet Hotline, 1-900-535-1515 to report a lost pet. Call the National Found Pet Hotline, 1-800-755-8111 to report a found animal.
Pet Safety Fact #12: In the event of a disaster, check with local news media for facilities offering disaster animal rescue and relief.
Pet Safety Fact #13: HOUSE AND YARD PLANTS - Not only are a majority of houseplants poisonous to pets, they can be easily ruined by animals shredding the leaves or knocking them over. Even chewing on grass can be harmful if the grass has been recently sprayed with fertilizer or pesticides.
Pet Safety Fact #14: Many household cleaning products are also unsafe for pets. Never assume that if the product is safe for humans it is also safe for pets. Even if you pet does not eat the product, they could unknowingly walk through it and lick their paw. Another danger is when the chemicals release fumes that cause skin or eye irritations. Quaternary disinfectants which have a ammonium chloride base is safer to use around animals than phenol or carbolic acid bases which can be lethal. The pet-safe disinfectant Chlorasan can be purchased from vets and will kill most viruses and bacteria safely. Ask your vet about Chlorasan and other safe cleaning supplies
Pet Safety Fact #15: Keep gasoline, solvents, weed killers, antifreeze, rat poisons, boric acid, mothballs varnish removers, acetone and other common everyday items out of your pets reach. Think of your pet as a curious child and protect them by taking the precautionary measures to prevent potential hazards.
Pet Safety Fact #16: Remove pins and nails they could step on and make sure plastic bags are not left on the floor as a suffocation hazard.
Pet Safety Fact #17: Pets could also chew on live electrical cords that could burn their mouth or lead to death.
Pet Safety Fact #18: Part of being a responsible pet owner is to vaccinate your pet, create a safe environment for them and familiarize yourself with potential dangers. Take your pet to the vet annualy, and make sure to have their teeth cleaned regularly. You can get a tooth care kit from your vet. Do NOT use regular toothpaste with flouride - the kind of flouride contained in human toothpaste can kill your pet!
Pet Safety Fact #19: Remember to have your dog or cat spayed or neutered. This will not only reduce your pet’s desire to roam, it will also help reduce the number of stray and unwanted animals that will be put to sleep each year by the Humane Society and other organizations. It's a trade off - vaccinating your pet can prevent him from a painful and early death by heartworms and other parasites, as well as rabies, parvivirus, lyme disease, and other deadly dangers. But those vaccines are chemicals and chemicals affect our bodies in many ways. Because of the number of vaccinations it takes to keep your pet healthy and long-lived, not spaying or neutering them puts them at a much higher risk for cancer of all kinds.
Pet Safety Fact #20: A pet is a fun and welcome addition to any family, providing the family is ready for the responsibilities associated with having a pet. It is important to be aware that many types of pets are inappropriate unless your family is truly dedicated to caring for the pet as it gets larger. Pets are a big commitment; think carefully when deciding to introduce a pet into your home. Regular vetrinary checkups and vaccinations are a large part of properly caring for your pet. Regular grooming is also a necessity, and when combined with the cost of food, toys, treats, and other expenses, properly caring for a pet is an investment that should be carefully considered. Make sure that you are able to give your pet not only love, but all of the other things it needs to be healthy and feel secure.

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