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Plan for your pet's survival

August 18, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

While many people think to prepare plans and a survival kit for their family, few consider doing the same for their pets - but they should, said Tony Lee, an event coordinator with the Humane Society of Washington County.

Speaking at a workshop during Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Day, Lee urged people to think about what would happen to their pets if there was an emergency or disaster.

American Red Cross disaster shelters don't allow people to bring pets with them except animals assisting people with disabilities.

"You are going to have to prepare for this," he said.

When there is a disaster and it is announced where people should go for shelter, it will normally also be announced where people can take their pets, Lee said. But it a good idea to plan ahead and arrange to have someone who can take care of your pet in the case of an emergency, he said.

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Pet owners should keep a notebook containing information about the pets' vaccination and medical history, a veterinarian's contact numbers and other important data, he said.

They should also have portable carriers for the animals, he said.

He suggested people either buy a pet first-aid kit, which is available at pet stores, or make one.

Pam Gladhill and her son, Joshua, attended Lee's half-hour workshop, which they said was informative. Gladhill said she will consider getting first-aid kits for the family's two dogs, Nellie, an 8-year-old Scottie, and Sandy, a 2-year-old Labrador mix.

Lee said the Humane Society recommends that a pet first-aid kit contain:

  • Adhesive tape.

  • Bactine Antiseptic and anesthetic.

  • Benadryl antihistamine.

  • Betadine antiseptic.

  • Bottle with nipples for baby cats, dogs and other animals.

  • Buffered aspirin.

  • Cotton swabs, balls and rolls.

  • Dropper.

  • Eye wash.

  • Forceps or tweezers.

  • Hand sanitizer.

  • Hydrogen peroxide (for sanitation and to induce vomiting).

  • Kwik stop powder.

  • Latex gloves.

  • Nail trimmers.

  • Nylons (to use as a makeshift muzzle if necessary).

  • Scissors.

  • Sterile gauze, both rolls and pads.

  • Syringes.

  • Tick remover.

  • Thermometer.

  • Tranquilizers (as prescribed by a veterinarian).

  • Triple antibiotic cream or ointment.

  • Vet Wrap padded bandages.

  • Water-based lubricating jelly.

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