Maria Milito, a native New Yorker has been heard on the airwaves for over twenty years and loves all things rock. Comedy and David Letterman are also high on her list. And now Maria can add author to her list of credits with the recent publishing of Clarice and Friends...How They Helped Mend the Hole in My Heart, a collection of emails from her listeners sent to her when her beloved dog Clarice passed away. A huge animal advocate, Maria can often be found at animal functions and charity events.
1. Alert Rescuers to Pets in Your Home
If you don’t already have one, get a window alert sticker so emergency responders know there is an animal in your home that needs to be rescued. You can find these decals for different types of animals at pet stores or other sites like Amazon.com, or you can make your own. If you leave and have the time, please note on them that your pets have been removed from your home so rescuers don’t waste time needlessly looking for a pet that isn’t there.
2. Make a First Aid Kit
Having a first aid kit handy for your pet is never a bad idea. To make your own, Catster, the Red Cross, Petco and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) all offer handy lists of items that should be in it, or if you don’t want to make one yourself, you can buy a ready-made one from number of places, including the ASPCA.
3. Have Supplies Ready
Having a bag or container of supplies ready to go can obviously save time if you need to leave in a hurry and will also be useful if you get trapped at home. Does anyone really want to spend time looking for the can opener or trying to remember what your pet will need for two weeks when there’s a tornado coming?
Survival kits like these for dogs and cats are also available from a number of stores if you don’t want to put your own together. Otherwise, some essential items to have on hand include stored water, extra cat litter, newspaper and trash bags – in case it’s not safe to go outside – crates, carriers and cages, bowls, toys, treats, extra food and medications.
4. Update Tags
Having up-to-date tags with the correct contact information is probably a given, but having extra, or temporary, tags with the contact information for where you’ll be staying if you know ahead of time, or a backup person’s contact information, will be useful in the event that you should get separated from your pet, or are otherwise unreachable.
5. Keep Records Ready
Along with your supplies and first aid kit, keep records in a waterproof container that include copies of your pets medical history, information on food and any current medications, special needs, contact information for yourself, your vet and anyone else who should be contacted as a backup in an emergency if you are unreachable. Also be sure to include photos of your pet, and of yourself with your pet to help prove ownership.
6. Know Where to Go
Unfortunately, there are many places that will not allow pets during a disaster, including Red Cross shelters. However, you can check in advance to see if there are hotels/motels in your area that allow pets, or ones that will make exceptions to allow them in an emergency situation. There are also a number of websites that list pet-friendly accommodations, including petswelcome.com and petscanstay.com. Shelters, boarding facilities, vet practices or other animal-related businesses may also be willing and able to take pets on a temporary basis during a disaster.
7. Have a Long-Term Plan
In the event that you won’t be able to return to your home for a while, or in that worst case scenario that leaves your family with no home to return to at all, you may need a long term plan for your pet, which could involve boarding or having a trusted friend or relative keep agree to keep them until you can get settled again.
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Pet Safety Tips for Memorial Day
Memorial Day is celebrated to honor the men and women in the military, who served our country and who gave their lives in battle to keep us safe. It is also a time to remember the many courageous dogs who also went to war.
We celebrate by having BBQs where we cook hamburgers and hot dogs so it is important for those of us who have furry companions to make sure that our pets are safe while we party. To ensure their Memorial Day safety, here are a few safety tips to consider.
1: Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets. Alcohol is poisonous to pets and can cause vomiting, upset stomach, and worse.
2: No table scraps for your pet. Feed them their regular diet to prevent upset stomachs and other digestive upsets.Some food like onions, grapes, and avocados are poisonous to dogs and cats. Let your guests know that table scraps cannot be given to your pet.
3: Remember to make sure that your pet always has plenty of fresh, clean water available.
4: Keep matches, lighter fluid, and candles out of reach from your pet. If your pet ingests any of these things, his nervous system, stomach, and lungs can be severely affected. Before your fire up the grill, make sure your pet is not near it.
5: Keep gates, doors, and fences closed. You don't want your dog or cat wandering away. Remind all your guests not leave any patio doors open.