Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
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Guardian Angels Event: Barks, Brews & BBQ

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Best Friends Pet Hotel had the opportunity to co-sponsor an event put on by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (GAMSD). This fundraiser event, Barks, Brews & BBQ, took place in Connecticut this summer and it was quite a success! Not only did the GAMSD team reach their $25,000 goal, but awareness was raised, friendships were made, and dogs were heroes to our heroes.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

GAMSD has been rescuing, raising, training, and then donating individually trained medical service dogs to pair with veterans that struggle with disabilities.  Just as their slogan says, “unleash the power to heal”, Guardian Angels believes in changing and improving lives through their service dogs. Since the organization’s beginning in 2010, they have successfully paired over 180 dogs with veterans. Each dog is trained to perform an array of tasks including alerting for help, alerting prior to a seizure, picking up dropped items, opening, and closing doors, mitigating the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by waking from nightmares and grounding from panic attacks, and more.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

From dog food, veterinary visits, and years of training, each dog is a big commitment to everyone involved in the process. The cost for each dog’s veterinary needs, food and supplements is a minimum cost of $1,780 per year. And thanks to everyone who donated to our Best Friends Connecticut locations, we were able to raise $1,735.42! This money will help Guardian Angels get one step closer to pairing up more service dogs with veterans in need!

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

 

 

If you’d like to donate, volunteer or learn more about the amazing work that Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs does, you can visit their website.

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4 Steps for a Disaster Preparedness Pet Plan

4 Steps for a Disaster Preparedness Pet Plan

Natural disasters bombard our cities and push people and pets alike out of their homes and fleeing to safety. Just recently, Hurricane Harvey swept through Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast, placing many people and their pets in danger. Though residents may know of a hurricane or another natural disaster’s pending arrival, there is only so much you can do given a few days warning. If you live in an area where you may be exposed to natural disasters like flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and more, you can never be too prepared. Here are 4 steps to create a disaster preparedness plan for you and your pet:

 

1. Get a Pet Rescue Alert Sticker

The ASPCA has Rescue Alert stickers for pet parents to put in their window. These stickers will let people outside of your home know that there may be pets inside your home during an emergency or disaster. In the case of a natural disaster, if you’ve taken your pets out of the home, remember to cross out the sticker to let people outside of your home know that there are not pets inside needing to be rescued.

 

2. Prepare A Pet Safety Kit

When a natural disaster hits, you’re likely in a scramble to get to safety. Having a Pet Safety Kit already prepared and ready to go can be a big help in a stressful time. Extra updated IDs, extra leashes, and collars, updated photos of your pet(s), vet/medical records, pet food, water, crate, blankets, or any other necessary items that are crucial to your pet’s wellbeing.

 

3. Coordinate A Safe Zone for Your Pet

In the case of an emergency or natural disaster, you should not leave your pets behind if you evacuate. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets. Though temporary shelters can take in humans, they do not always allow pets. It’s important to identify the safe zone shelters or lodging near you that allow pets, boarding facilities or friends and family that may be able to care for your pet in the event that you are unable to.

 

4. Purchase Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance is great in any case but it could be especially useful if there is a natural disaster in your town. There are several different options out there, but Petplan is one of our favorites! Pet insurance can help you pay unexpected veterinary bills in times of need.

 

The Best Friends Pet Hotel & Lakefield Veterinary Group have come together to donate to our team members in Houston, Texas. Houston is home to 12 of our hospitals and pet hotels, and many of them sustained overwhelming loses due to the severe flooding that occurred during and after Hurricane Harvey. Numerous doctors and team members selflessly worked to treat sick, injured and lost pets in the aftermath of the storm. If you’d like to learn more about the heroic stories of our team and our donation efforts, please visit our Houston Strong page.

 

SOURCES

  1. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness
  2. http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/features/petsanddisasters/index.html
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