Did you know ? Kentucky, United States has had: (M1.5 or greater)
Are you ready? Do you know how to help your pets?
Remember! If it's not safe for you to stay at home during an emergency,
it's not safe for your pets either!
Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept pets.
MOST RED CROSS SHELTERS WILL NOT ACCEPT PETS!
Microchips save lives!
If you evacuate with your pets, write across your "In case of Fire/Emergency pet sticker "EVACUATED" so rescue workers don't waste time looking for pets in the house.
Your pet's behavior may change dramatically after a disaster becoming aggressive or defensive. Be aware of their well being and protect them from hazards to ensure the safety of other people and animals. Pets may become disoriented, particularly if the disaster has affected their scent markers and they relied on that instead of good eyesight. Be aware of hazards at nose, paw or hoof level such as sharp metal debris, glass, nails, spilled chemicals and fertilizers.
Did you know that 53.9% of all dogs seen at vet clinics in 2016 were overweight or obese? As pet owners we need to realize that we are, in fact, killing our pets with kindness! Our pet's (and LISTEN TO THIS! AND OUR OWN!) risk of Diabetes, Cancer, Heart issues, Arthritis, Thyroid Disease increases as weight increases. Fat causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation causes bad things to happen in the body. Even the best quality of food given at excessive quantities is bad. Stop overfeeding. Stop over treating. Your pets will still love you. In fact, they will love you much longer not dying from Cancer and Diabetes!
Weight loss tip: Set out daily foods/treats to meet an IDEAL calorie count. When the supply is gone, Savana is done eating for the day.
Need to figure out how much your pet needs to eat? Ask us what your pet's ideal weight should be and use this calculations. Example: I have a 9.1 pounds dog that should weigh 8.5 pounds. 8.5 / 2.2 x 30 + 70. She should eat 185.9 calories a day. Her food has 389 kcal/8 ounce cup. I should feed her a little less than 1/2 cup per day. If I want to feed her treats, I need to take away more kibbles. For even more control over those calorie packed kibble: her food bag says each 8 ounce cup weighs 105 grams. So I could feed her 52.5 grams a day to get her to her ideal weight. A small food scale is a better way to control portion size for our pets and one of the first things Dr McClain recommends to start our pet's weight loss program.
How much exercise does your pet get? Want to find out? Check out this Fitbark Dog Activity Monitor
Now your pet can be tracked too with activity level, sleep, and behavior results. This can be used in many situations to monitor health issues like pruritus/dermatitis, separation anxiety, arthritis/pain. It can also give you peace of mind verifying your dog walker is doing 2 miles like they advertised or a motivation device to get your own Fitbit out, strap it on and take Fido out for a walk. You both will benefit from it!
Did you know that you have 24/7 access from us to your pet's most important health records like previous medications, microchip number and vaccine records? Go to our website and click on the icon that says "See your pet on Petly".
Shelters require proof of Rabies vaccines to protect humans and other pets not just your pet. Rabies vaccines are mandatory in all U. S. states. Not having your pet vaccinated for Rabies is actually breaking the law.
Take lots of pictures of your pets from all different angles. This proves ownership and helps ID your pet when lost. Microchips are the gold standard and BEST WAY in reuniting you with your pet.
Do you have a fire alarm drill for your home? You should, not only for your family members, but also for you pets. Train your dog or cat to go to the door if he/she hears the smoke detector go off.
This month we will cover easy To-Do Lists on how to get ourselves prepared so we can be there for our pets in an emergency.
STEP ONE: Gather emergency instructions and basic first aid advise.
To do this, download for your Android phone's Play Store 5 FREE important apps. Three from the Red Cross on Tornadoes, Earthquakes and First Aid. The fourth app is to find Dog-Friendly hotel rooms should you have to evacuate your house. These same apps can be found in your I-Tune store also for I-Phones. Also a new app called Zello, a walkie talkie app, was used to help rescue personnel in the 2 latest hurricanes in Texas and Florida.
Program your phone with Emergency contacts labeled in the phone. Emergency personnel will be able to call them even if your phone is locked without your password. Sign up for Reverse 911 or Code Red. In Jessamine County click here https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/3B96B1DE062A
In Lexington/Fayette county click here http://lexkyem.ahasalerts.com/Register
Go to www.noaa.gov to download a mobile warning app that "pings" off local cell phone towers and alerts you to warnings in that area. It's great if you travel or commute to work or school.
Order a FREE ASPCA rescue alert sticker at www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness and as soon as it comes in, place on your front door to alert rescue workers about your pets inside.
Social interaction is the key to your dog's behavioral health. The primary socialization period, the time of rapid social development that sets a pattern for most things in later life, ends at about 14-16 weeks for dogs. This important period has passed by the time your puppy has received his/her full vaccination series. It is a myth, and quite a HARMFUL one at that, to think puppies should be fully vaccinated before attending puppy schools, daycare, friend's houses, dog friendly shops and restaurants. While we should take precaution to not expose our babies to dogs and cats of unknown health status, we should do everything possible to expose them to well-controlled areas were healthy puppies and adult dogs visit. Early in their life, they should be socialized, out in the real world. Well socialized and behaved dogs become life long family members. Our wish is to see all dogs be treated as family.
While you can't put a price tag on the companionship of your four legged friend, there is a new study out by the ASPCA that estimates, the annual cost of owning a dog, depends on it's size, and runs from $1000-$1448. This excludes one time costs like spays/neuters and crates too. A big key to pet ownership is budgeting not only for the typical costs but also preparing for emergencies and age related problems. Regular preventive care can help keep overall medical costs down too by preventing certain problems and catching others before they become worse. Pet insurance can also help with pet medical care. Check out Nationwide's Pet Insurance (formerly VPI).
How will the solar eclipse affect our pets? According to Angela Speck, Director of Astronomy and a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Missouri, “On a normal day, your pets don’t try to look at the sun, and therefore don’t damage their eye. And on this day, they’re not going to do it either.”.
But, like us, you probably feel it is better to be safe than sorry. If your pet will tolerate solar glasses, and is going to have to be outside (either with you or they prefer laying in a sunny spot during the day), it is a good idea to strap a pair on them. The best bet for your pet will be for them to be safe inside with the shades/blinds/curtains drawn. There may be additional traffic or loud sounds (think fireworks during the darkness of day) as people view the eclipse, so use the same safety precautions you would use during Halloween or the 4th of July. The National Park Service recommends not traveling with your pets during the eclipse.
Farm animals and other exotic pets may experience a variety of reactions. Cows and horses have been noted to head back to the barn from their pastures. Turkeys have gone back up in their trees to roost. Creatures that normally make noise at night, may be heard chirping and singing. Spiders have been known to take down their webs!
I was surprised that there is little known research into how animals will respond...its not like solar eclipses never occur! According to NASA, there are 2-4 annually. The California Academy of Sciences has created a “Life Responds” project to gather information on how our pets and wildlife react to the total solar eclipse. Join citizens from all over the country by downloading the iNaturalist app from Apple or Android to document how the animal of your choice responds 30 minutes prior to totality, during totality and 30 minutes after totality.
Remember, looking at the sun normally or during a partial eclipse, which we will be experiencing here in Lexington, can cause blindness as the sun’s rays burn the retina. Please use common sense and your eclipse glasses!!
Information was gathered from NASA, ajc.com, grrlscientist and PeoplePets for this note.
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