Pets

This Pet First Aid app could become man’s next best friend

American Red Cross has long been a great resource when it comes to providing education and assistance in disasters. I knew about their First Aid and CPR classes but just discovered their Pet First Aid class and this Pet First Aid app for smartphones. The app is 99 cents (mine cost $1.06 with tax), but I’ve been very impressed with the amount and quality of information it provides, including instructional videos. For both dogs and cats, the app defines what …

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Evacuating the big guys — horses and other large livestock

Guest post by Laura McLain Madsen, DVM If you’ve watched the footage of the recent wildfires near Colorado Springs, you may have seen photos or video of people evacuating horses from the fires, and of horses that were tragically burned. In my last guest post I talked about packing your pet’s evacuation kit, but it gets much more complicated with a horse or other large animal. You can’t just put a horse in your car and take off. The first …

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Packing your pet’s evacuation kit

Guest post by Laura McLain Madsen, DVM Click here for a downloadable checklist. Do you own one (or more) of the 69 million pet dogs and 74 million pet cats in America? Or the 8 million pet birds, 4 million horses, or 2 million pet turtles? For some people, these are merely animals, but for 60% of Americans they are beloved furry (or feathery, or scaly) family members. For some families that decide not to have children or to postpone …

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Have you thought about pets in your preparedness planning?

Guest post by Heather Laurie who blogs at Prudent Pantry. When thinking about preparedness, you think food, structure, transportation, and protection. I bet you don’t think of pets. I would like you to do just that today! Here’s my rule for pets for a prepper: If it can’t protect the food, house, people OR can be food itself there is no reason to have it. Dogs: Protection for the Family I have read several articles about using dogs to help …

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