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List of Essentials to Build an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Pets

If and when disaster strikes, the last thing you want is to scramble for supplies.

Whether you have to hunker down or evacuate to safety, there won’t be much time to worry about finding food, water, and other necessities — and that's if the store shelves haven't been picked clean already.

So it’s vital that you not only have an emergency plan but also an emergency kit — for you and your dog or cat. Hopefully, you will never have to use this kit for the pets in your family. But you will feel a lot better knowing that you have what you need, even if you never need it.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, Dog Emergency, Cat Emergency, Pet First Aid Supplies, Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Bee & Wasp Stings — Be(e) Prepared

It's fast getting to be bee, wasp, and yellow jacket season. And that means that these insects, and the sting hazard they pose, will soon be present around your yard and in the parks and other places you walk and play with your dogs.

If your dog or cat is ever stung by one of these insects, or if they ever eat one (that's right Labs and Spaniels... I'm looking at you!), you may be able to treat them effectively at home, but you may well need to take them to the vet. The severity of any pet's reaction to a sting is difficult to predict and can be highly variable, even within the same pet on subsequent stings. So always be aware and know what to look for. Read More

Topics: pet safety tips, pet safety, Pet First Aid, dog first aid, Emergency Preparedness for Pets, Blog, Stings

Pet First Aid... Would You Know What To Do (and What NOT To Do)?

Have you taken a pet first aid course? Are you even aware that such courses exist? April is National Pet First Aid Awareness month, so this is a great time to talk about this important topic.

As is the case with people, timely and appropriate first aid can help your cats and dogs. From learning how to deal with a bee sting or cleanout and bandage a wound, to more advanced steps, such as safely transporting an injured pet or performing CPR, knowing first aid can provide you with peace of mind and your pets with a better chance of recovery from their illness, injury, or other emergency. Yet, sadly, too few people are even aware that pet first aid classes exist, let alone have ever taken one.

In our ongoing pet emergency preparedness survey only 21% of the respondents have taken a pet first aid course. Yet, over 71% of respondents report having needed veterinary emergency care for one of their pets.

As a veterinarian, I can tell you that there are many accident and emergency situations where timely and appropriate first aid can benefit your pets. Similarly though, it's also important that you know what NOT to do. And this is why I encourage every pet owner to learn the basic first aid knowledge that you can easily obtain from an accredited pet first aid course.

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Topics: pet safety tips, pet safety, cat first aid, Pet First Aid, dog first aid, Emergency Preparedness for Pets, Blog

You Need a Plan That Includes Your Dog: Emergency and disaster planning for pets

Do you know where you could go with your pets if you needed to evacuate?

Do you know basic pet first aid? In short – do you have a plan for dealing with possible emergencies and disasters?

Preparing for disasters doesn’t need to be a big deal.  After all, it’s often the “little things” that can make a big difference when the s*#t hits the proverbial fan. A little advanced planning and awareness can go an awful long way.

Fortunately these tenets are no less true for the health and safety of our pets during disasters and other emergencies. But, since our pets don’t typically formulate their own emergency preparedness plans, it’s up to us to ensure that they’re accounted for in ours.

Critical Points in Creating Your Plan

  1. Planning before an emergency hits helps you and your pets.
  2. There are resources to help you.
  3. A disaster plan doesn’t need to be complex.
Including your pets in your disaster planning won’t only make their life easier in the event of an emergency or disaster; it’ll make yours easier, too. After all, you and the rest of your family can’t afford to spend precious time scrambling to find shelter for your pets at the last minute if you need to evacuate. You certainly don’t want to leave them behind!
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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Storms, Hurricanes, Disasters, Emergency, Tornadoes, Emergency Preparedness for Pets, Blog

Photo Credit: Preventive Vet

Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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