How to create a home emergency kit for your pets

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The time to put together a pet emergency kit is before you need it! Remember, you can only work with what you have, but what are you supposed to be doing to prepare?

Have a home emergency preparedness kit! This can be one of those 55 gallon drums or a couple of plastic crates (especially the kind with wheels) so you could roll it to your vehicle if need be.

Once you have established a home version you could then create a “grab and go” style. Sometimes that is the type of vest a dog can wear with enough product for only a day or two.

There are wearable emergency kits with several days of supplies.

Your home emergency preparedness kit should contain:

1.   A two week supply of food for each pet stored in airtight containers. This should be rotated at least twice a year to ensure it is fresh, and also maintains that the food your pet is now eating is in their emergency kit. During a stressful situation is no time to add a change of food routine to your pets’ regimen. Remember a manual can opener if you feed canned food.

2.   A two week supply of water for each pet (count on 1 gallon per pet, per day).  Do not store this in direct sunlight to prevent algae growth and do not store plastic containers directly on concrete as they will start to leach chemicals. This also should be rotated, or you can purchase a water purifier chemical.

3.   A two week supply of any medications taken by your animals.  Remember to change out regularly so that you don’t have expired medications and to update when a pet goes on a new medication.

4.   A waterproof container or a plastic bag you could store inside a small dog or cat crate. Place inside each of the follow items:

  • Each of your pet’s vaccination records
  • Photos of your pet with your family as proof of ownership.
  • Medical and microchip records
  • Leash, harness and crate or carrier for each pet
  • A pet first-aid kit with a particulate mask and muzzle
  • Pet’s favorite treats, chew toys, bedding, food & water dishes
  • Litter, scoop & box for kitties
  • Cash

Supplies you should include in an emergency kit.

For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit the Emma Zen Foundation website.

Daisy’s antidote for the Monday Blues

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Daisy knows that many people do not enjoy Mondays

Pppffffftttt! I know, that is how many people feel about Mondays. And when our people are not happy, we cats are not happy either. Read More »

[Giveaway] Crinkle cat tunnels provide hours of playtime fun

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Ditch the paper bag as your cat's toy and upgrade to a Crinkle Cat Tunnel

If you’re a cat owner, you know it doesn’t take much to entertain your cat. Whether it’s a box, paper bag or feather toy, cats are known for being spry and energetic pets. Unfortunately, having your home strewn with empty boxes and bags may not be the most appealing home decor. Crinkle cat tunnels are not only more stylish than brown paper bags but they’re sure to provide your favorite feline with endless amounts of fun. Although cat tunnels are a fun toy on their own, having several makes for quite a playful experience, especially for multiple cats.

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The basics of emergency care for your pet

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It's important to be prepared and know basic pet first aid

Last week near my home I noticed a pickup truck with a small dog in its bed moving at a fast pace down a major road and it reminded me of an event that I witnessed many years ago. While driving on a rural road in Central Florida about ten years ago I witnessed an automobile accident that involved a pickup truck that was carrying several hunting dogs that were being transported unsecured in the bed of the pickup. The driver had swerved off the dirt road and as the truck started going into the ditch it clipped the side of a tree. Luckily the vehicle was moving slowly at the time and nobody was seriously injured. One of the dogs however did get a few cuts when he fell out as the truck turned on its side. If this had occurred on a paved road and the truck was going faster, I’m almost certain that both dogs would have sustained major and possibly life-threatening injuries. I don’t believe that pets should ever be transported in this manner.  Read More »

Are you ready for some football?

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Are you ready for some football? I am, sort of. Anyway, the good part is that football Sunday is the perfect excuse to put on a comfy football jersey and lounge around the house watching TV all day. Read More »

#PetMedsDogWeek – Enter to win prizes for your pup!

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As pet owners we don’t need a national day or week to celebrate the love for our pets, but in our opinion it makes things around the PetMeds office that much more fun with regard to giveaways. Let’s take National Dog Week for instance. Going on now until the end of next Friday, September 26th, share a photo of your dog via our contest page, or upload the photo to either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PetMedsDogWeek and you could win a fall checklist pet care package including a variety of pet supplies like those pictured and listed below:

#PetMedsDogWeek prizes

One winner will be selected each day and posted to the winners tab of the contest app as well as on our Instagram page.

Interested in more giveaways? Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for our weekly giveaways to win helpful supplies and products for your pet!

The 5 steps to eradicating fleas

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Even indoor cats can get fleas

My brother lives on the 12th floor of a high-rise in Miami.  His cat “Vivi” has been living there with him for the past seven years, and that cat doesn’t leave the apartment other than for yearly veterinary exams. Vivi goes in a carrier and comes back in a carrier, and she has never been allowed to roam around outdoors or with other pets. A few weeks ago I got the following recorded message: “Vivi has fleas, and the apartment is full of them! I can’t believe it and don’t understand where she could have picked them up. Please call me back, I really need help with this.” Read More »

Daisy reflects on National Pet Memorial Day

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Yesterday was National Pet Memorial Day

Today I am feeling a little bit melancholy. That’s because yesterday was National Pet Memorial Day, which is observed on the second Sunday of September. This is a special day to honor and remember all the wonderful cats and dogs who came before. Read More »

Teddy Bear Day is not for Daisy

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You might or might not be wondering why I am posing next to this toy. I’ll tell you the reason: tomorrow is Teddy Bear Day. Teddy bears are cute and cuddly, but they’re not all THAT great. I’ll tell you why… Read More »

A Labor Day misunderstanding

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Daisy plans to sleep in on Labor Day

Harley is confused about the meaning of Labor Day Read More »