Saturday, April 16, 2011

Help!! Emergency Preparedness Tips for Our Pets

We all hope that our pets will never have any health problems or be involved in emergency situations. Sadly, this is not the case for a large number of our animal friends each year. That is why it is important to plan ahead and think of what can we do in our daily life now to work toward preventing health emergencies, being prepared rather than unprepared should something go wrong.

PLANTS: Many of us love having plants of various kinds growing in our homes. And so there is a concern about which ones may be harmful to our pets and which ones are not.

For a list of plants that are felt to be safe for pets and their digestive systems, go here:

For a list of plants that are felt to be unsafe for the digestive systems of our pets, go here:

As far as vegetables go, I read recently that onions, rhubarb and members of the nightshade family (tomatoes, eggplants, and potatoes) can all send us and our pets on a very unpleasant journey to a vet hospital. So if you have a garden, it’s a good idea to fence it off if you have pets that may like to go sniffing around or chewing on things.

FIRST AID: Since April is also National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, there is a lot more to think about that you can do ahead of time to help in many possibly disastrous situations. We can look into taking a pet first aid and CPR class and also keep a pet first aid kit at home and in our car. Here is a good example:

PET INSURANCE: And we can protect our best friends with pet insurance in many cases, depending on age and current health conditions. I have a great plan from (, but there are several good companies who offer excellent coverage. A simple search on the web will yield many possible options.

EMERGENCY RESCUE ALERTS: Speaking of emergencies that would require rescue for your pets, how will the firemen or other rescue workers know you have pets? Only if you are there at the time....but if you are not, only if you have a means of notification readily visible about the pets who are living in your home. Fire and rescue workers are trained to look for alerts on windows and doors about the pets who may be living inside the homes or apartments they must enter in an emergency.

So, to help all of us protect our pets better, is offering a free download to make a pet rescue alert that you can put on a window or somewhere else visible. Just go to this link to get yours: - And the neat thing is that for every 100 of these downloads, a Wag'N Oxygen Mask kit will be donated to a rescue company in need of such equipment to help with the rescue of animals during fires. Of course, you can also buy these types of stickers in various locations on the web and in pet supply stores.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION: But what would we do if we had to leave our pets in an emergency situation that included evacuation? Or if we took our pets with us but those coming to our home later may not know if we have our pets with us or not? There’s a lot to read on this subject, but one way to help emergency responders know you have pets in your home or what may have happened to them, you can print out these free evacuation cards here:

There are numerous resources on the web with helpful info and tips. But these can help get us started as we think of ways to prepare ahead of time to handle emergency situations involving our pets.

~Submitted by Debra of Sleepy Cat Designs


Rachael said...

I have an excellent paper back book called 'First Aid for Dogs; what to do when an Emergency happens'. I have tried to learn the basics as I believe I wouldn't be in fit state to stop and read the book in detail if something awful happened.
This is a really good subject you have covered here.

Michelle said...

Excellent post full of very useful information! Thanks so much for sharing all these tips!
-Michelle of CreativeCritters