The summer months are here and your pet is likely to spend more time outside. Sooner or later, you might find yourself fighting off fleas and ticks.
They’re creepy, they’re crawly…and they can carry diseases according to AVMA.org. Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance, but pose animal and human health risks. They feed on your pet’s blood and can transmit diseases. Children and adults in your household can be bothered by fleas as well. Don’t let these pesky parasites ruin your summer. Ask your veterinarian to recommend the best options for protecting your pet.
|A few tips on how to protect your pets:|
|- Discuss the use of preventative products with your veterinarian to determine the safest and most effective choice for each pet.
- Always talk to your veterinarian before applying any spot-on products.
- Only purchase EPA-registered pesticides or FDA-approved medicines.
- Read the entire label before you use/apply the product.
- Cats are not small dogs. Products labeled Use for dogs only should never be used for cats.
- Weight matters. Make sure the weight range listed on the label matches the weight of your pet. Giving a smaller dog a dose intended for a larger dog could be harmful to your pet.
- Source AVMA.org
We believe all pets should live parasite free. Please schedule a visit with your veterinarian to discuss choosing the best product for you and your pet. We want you to have your best summer ever, Flea and Tick free!
In support of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 13th we compiled the below tips to help you and your pet be much more prepared in case a disaster hits. When an emergency strikes, pets depend on their pet parents to protect them and prepare them for disasters, including having enough food, water, supplies, and moving them out of the house quickly/safely if needed. The situation can be stressful and scary for everyone, but with these tips you can have a disaster plan in place that ensures you and your pets are healthy and safe.
How would you care for your pet in a fire, flood, tornado, blizzard, or other unpredictable event?
If you are like many pet owners, you have not given this question much thought. We encourage you to consider preparing a disaster kit for your pet, so that you can confidently know what to do when faced with severe weather or any another type of emergency.
What to Include in a Disaster Kit for Your Pet
When a disaster strikes, knowing that you have a kit prepared and stored in a safe place can help you keep calm and ready to handle whatever happens. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the kit should include the following:
- Written details about each pet in the event you become separated - Your notes should include your contact details, any behavior issues, feeding and care instructions, and how to contact your pet’s regular veterinarian.
- Water and food for each pet to last for up to two weeks. Be sure to place the food in an airtight container, so it does not spoil and pack a can opener or scoop if you need them to feed your pet. Water should go in an airtight container and be replaced periodically with a fresh supply.
- Bags for dog waste and a litter box for cats.
- Cleaning supplies if your pet eliminates inappropriately.
- Up-to-date medical records.
- Two weeks’ worth of any prescription medications.
- Grooming supplies.
- Harness, leash, and/or pet carrier.
- Toys and pet beds.
Best Practices for Creating Your Pet’s Disaster Plan
It is essential that your dog, cat, or other pet’s identification information is current especially during the chaos of a sudden emergency. If your pet has a microchip, make sure that you update your contact details any time you move or change your telephone number or email address. Additionally, ensure each pet has an individual carrier with your name and the pet’s name written on it clearly. You may want to consider placing your pet in the carrier and going for a car ride for practice if they do not ride in the car often.
Another recommendation from the CDC is to place a harness or leash near every exit in your home. It may be difficult to hold a pet who is highly stressed, which increases the likelihood of him running off. By having a leash or harness available, you can safely remove your pet from the situation as quickly as possible.
Determine where you will evacuate in all areas of your house, before an emergency or disaster occurs. If the situation does not call for you to leave your home, choose one room in your house to wait it out with your pet. Just make sure there are no plants, chemicals, or other things in the room that your pet could get into during the event. It is also helpful to prepare a list of pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities, veterinary hospitals, and shelters just in case you do need to evacuate.
Contact your veterinarian today for more information about preparing your pet for future disasters or emergencies.
Spring has sprung and so has the travel season. If you are planning a trip this spring or beyond, here are some quick Best Friend’s tips on traveling with your pet this vacation season.
Tip 1: Make Sure Your Pet is Up to Date on Vaccines.
Look up pet laws for the location you are traveling to. Many states and countries have different requirements on what your pet should be vaccinated on. Be sure to also look into the potential health hazards a pet may come across as fleas, ticks, and other pests can vary by region.
Many hotels require pets to be up to date on vaccines and have had a recent check up by a veterinarian within the last year. Be sure to carry paperwork of your pet’s medical records in case these are needed during your pets stay. Best Friend’s has excellent guidelines on what to have on hand when you check your pet in with us. Feel free to use our Disney location’s requirements as a checklist on what your pet should be up to date on when traveling.
Tip 2: Microchip Your Fur Baby.
When visiting a veterinarian, make sure your pet’s medical records are up to date and be sure to get your pet microchipped as well. Things can happen that are beyond our control while traveling. Microchipping is an easy way to locate your pet if they wander off or get lost while traveling.
Tip 3: Pack for Your Pet as If You are Packing for Yourself.
When packing for your fur baby, be sure to think of what is essential for them to enjoy the trip. Water, food, treats, toys, and any supplements they require. We recommend treating them with Flea & Tick medication before traveling to wooded areas. Make sure you pack items that will help your pet relax and enjoy their vacation with you.
Tip 4: Check if Your Pet Has an Anxiety Towards Traveling.
Have you traveled with your fur baby before? If not, we suggest taking your pet for a few short car rides around town a few weeks leading up to the trip. If your fur baby shows nausea or signs of anxiety such as whimpering during the car ride, you may want to consult your veterinarian for treatment. They may be able to recommend medication or training that can make the trip easier on your pet. You may also want to consider a stay-cation at your nearest Best Friends Pet Hotel location.
We hope these four tips will help you in planning your next trip with your pet this spring! Let us know in the comments below any tips you have when traveling with your pets. Happy travels!
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