Evacuating With Your Fur Baby: 8 Steps Every Pet-Owner Needs To Know In Case Of Disaster

ANIMAL Evacuating With Your Fur Baby: 8 Steps Every Pet-Owner Needs To Know In Case Of Disaster

Storm season is upon us, which means that people all over the country are preparing their homes for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and more.

For many people, this means getting a “go-bag” ready, keeping your car stocked, and preparing just in case local authorities recommend evacuation.

If you’re in an area that requires evacuation a lot, you probably know exactly how to get yourself ready to go — but do you know how to prepare for evacuating with your pets?

Evacuating with pets is more complicated than just tossing them in the car and getting out of town.

Of course, taking your pet with you is the most important thing to do if a storm is imminent, but there are plenty of other things to do ahead of time if you think you might need to evacuate your home.

Evacuating can be overwhelming — both for people and for pets — so make the process as easy and painless as possible by following the tips below!

Pet Evacuation #1: ID Your Pet

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The CDC explains that because disasters can occur without warning, you should always be prepared.

One of the most important things you can do is make sure that your pets’ collars and tags are up-to-date.

Their tags should have your current contact information, just in case you get separated from your fur babies.

Additionally, you should microchip your pet — this is the best way to guarantee you’ll be reunited with your pets if they get lost.

Pet Evacuation #2: Snap A Current Photo

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According to Ready.Gov, you should always have a current photo of your pet in order to identify them if necessary.

This won’t be a problem for most pet owners (as we take photos of our pets nonstop), but make sure you have one that doesn’t just capture how gosh darn cute they are, but also shows their defining features.

Pet Evacuation #3: Secure Your Pet

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Before an emergency, purchase a pet carrier for each of your fur babies — then write your name and contact information, along with your pets’ names, on the carriers.

When you purchase the carrier, get your pet familiar with it, and practice transporting them in the carrier before an emergency. This will make them more comfortable with being inside the carrier during an evacuation situation.

You should also make sure you have extra leashes and harnesses to keep them safe while they’re outside.

Pet Evacuation #4: Identify Shelters

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Not all shelters set up for humans are able to take pets, so if you plan to stay at a shelter when you evacuate, make sure you find one that is okay with pets.

The same goes for hotels — if you are going to stay in a hotel or motel during evacuation, find one that allows pets to stay as well.

Ready.Gov explains that although it should be a last resort, some animal shelters will provide temporary housing/foster care for pets that cannot be with their humans during times of evacuation.

Pet Evacuation #5: Coordinate A Backup Plan

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No matter what you are planning on doing with your pet when you evacuate — boarding them, leaving them at a shelter, or taking them with you — make sure you have a backup plan.

Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about what they’re doing with their pets, and see if you can help one another out with evacuation.

In case of emergency situations, you may not be able to get home before evacuating — the ASPCArecommends having designated caregivers (who hopefully live nearby) who are comfortable with your pets and willing to care for them in a time of need.

Pet Evacuation #6: Separate Dogs And Cats

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Ready.Gov explains that pets can sense when something is wrong, and it may cause them serious stress and anxiety.

Even if your dogs and cats are normally fine together, the stress of the situation may cause them to act irrationally, especially if they are in confined spaces.

For this reason, separate your cats, dogs, and other pets when you’re evacuating (or anytime during an emergency situation).

Ideally, every animal should go in a separate crate or carrier until you can get them to a calm, safe place.

Pet Evacuation #7: Prepare A Pet Emergency Kit

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Many people have human emergency kits and “go bags” with necessary items, but it’s important to have them for pets as well.

Pet emergency kits should include enough food and water for two weeks, food and water bowls, medical records and any medications, poop bags, kitty litter, and other clean-up items, and any comfort items your pet might need (like a bed, blanket, or toy).

Pet Evacuation #8: Get A Rescue Alert Sticker

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The ASPCA recommends that everyone have a rescue alert sticker near the front door of the house in case of any emergency. The sticker should include information on any pets that live in the house.

A rescue alert sticker can help in case there’s ever a fire or floor at your house so that first responders know to save your pets, but it can also be helpful during an evacuation situation.

If you have a rescue alert sticker and you evacuate your home, write “EVACUATED” on the sticker so that rescue workers know they don’t need to search your house for pets.

Understanding Double Coated Dogs

Double coated dogs refer to the animals that, like Huskies, have two layers of fur. The first, or undercoat, are the fine, fluffy hairs that are short and crimp (closest to the skin). It’s the fur that sheds; light and soft. This layer is excellent at trapping air and insulating the dog. Essentially it keeps them warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.

The topcoat is made up of tougher guard hairs that don’t shed, and protect your pet from the sun’s harmful rays and bug bites. It actually insulates them from the heat. What this means is: do not shave your double coated dog. It’s a mistake to think you’re helping your animal stay cool, particularly in summer, when evolution has provided them exactly what they need to survive. By stripping them of their natural ability to heat and cool themselves, you could be doing more harm than good.

A key piece of understanding in this matter is that, unlike humans; dogs do not cool themselves through their skin. At most, it is only the pads of their paws that sweat. Their main mode of cooling comes from panting.

Some other common reasons folks shave their doubled coated dogs are the thinking that the animal will stop shedding. Pooches with undercoats shed, no two ways about it. But even after a shave, while the hair may be shorter, it can still shed.

Another is, “it’ll always grow back”. Sometimes it will, other times it won’t. The older the pooch is, the less likely it is that the topcoat of guard hairs will grow back. This leaves them with the undercoat, giving them a patchy, scruffy look. It can alter their coat for the rest of the dog’s life.

Not only does it look bad, but you can end up having to shave the hair continuously from then on and once again, you strip them of their natural ability to protect themselves.

In conclusion, when you shave a double coated dog, you may irreparably impair their ability to properly heat/cool themselves and protect their skin. The best way to keep this kind of dog cool and comfortable is to regularly bathe and brush them. The only reason a person might need to shave their double coated dog is if the hair is so matted, it’s the only option.

Bailey – one year after being shaved. This is all the growth that returned. He is brushed and poofed up here. His coat is patchy and his guard hairs are non-existent. He was only shaved once by necessity.

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Romeo was shaved a few times from ages 4-6. He is now 10 and has a wonderful coat.

Fostering – An Essay from a Foster Mom

s4002nsopopbwyr4I’ll be the first to admit that fostering is hard. In my experience, the first is super hard because you’re just figuring out how to love another being, but still let them go. That was Frisco, now Cody. Then I had Mickey. He was a little fussy and dad babysat most of the time i had him so it was easier.

Then came Ashton. Ashton was my potato. I loved that little guy with all of me. He needed me and I gave him all of me. It was one if the hardest things I’ve ever done.

Wade and Johnny came next. They were a different sort, I knew they would be adopted quickly so I was able to stay detached, but still care for them.

Jasper… He is quirky and a pain, in the best way. I missed him when I came home and didn’t see his head pop up in the window, but he was young and energetic and I have no doubt he will be cared for.

Now… Bandit and Rascal. I love them. I am connected to them and I think they love me, based on their wiggly butts when I come home. I am in love with Bandit and Rascal and if I didn’t have a rescue minded heart, I would keep them.

If I did that though, my heart and house would be above capacity. I wouldn’t be able to help anyone else.

The most important thing when fostering is knowing what is really best for them.

Maybe it is you and that’s awesome! Maybe you just think it’s you and if you really consider it, you’ll realize that even though you love this tiny being to infinity and beyond… you know there is someone else who could love them just as much as you do, while you keep room for the next pup who needs you.

Pet Friendly Recipes

Go-BananasGet in the kitchen and try making one of these delicious — and healthy — pet-friendly recipes, which are so much easier than you think to pull off. All of these treats are made from basic ingredients and come together in no time. From homemade chicken jerky to delicious dog biscuits, these are the perfect goodies to make for your favorite furry friend.

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6 All-Natural Ingredients To Help Calm An Anxious Dog

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#1 – Valerian

Valerian is a sedative herb that relieves tension, anxiety, and over-excitability in dogs. Valerian can be bought dried or in capsule form and given to the dog orally, wrapped in a piece of cheese, or with a treat. Our favorite option for easy administration would be as a soft chew (Amazon link). Give it to the dog before situations that tend to cause anxiety and over-excitability in your dog.

#2 – Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone that naturally rises in the bloodstream when animals sleep. Giving it to them when they are awake can help calm them down during stressful situations. It may be especially effective in dogs with separation anxiety issues, as its calming effects may last up to 8 hours. Be sure to read the ingredients before sharing your melatonin – it may contain Xylitol or other ingredients that are toxic for dogs.

#3 – Lavender (Scent)

You probably already know that the scent of lavender helps you to relax and fall asleep, but did you realize it can have the same calming effect on your dog? The scent of lavender actually reduces the body’s production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and it doesn’t have the same sedative effects of some of the other ingredients on this list. A drop or two of lavender oil in a place where your dog can’t ingest it will help relieve their anxiety.

#4 – Passionflower

Passionflower has been used since the mid 1500s as a sleep aid and sedative. Studies have shown that it can actually lower your brain activity and boost levels of GABA, a feel-good chemical. In humans, it’s been shown to be as effective as benzodiazepine medications such as Valium and Xanax in treating anxiety. It also has less of a sedative effect than other herbs. This can be a great option for highly anxious dogs. For easy administration, we like these soft chews that contain Passionflower.

#5 – Lemon Balm

A member of the mint family, lemon balm has been used since the Middle Ages to soothe nerves, relieve indigestion, and remedy insomnia. This sedative herb is effective in treating excitability and anxiety in dogs.

#6 – Chamomile

If you’ve ever suffered from insomnia, you’ve probably tried chamomile tea to help you sleep. Chamomile calms the nerves and induces sleep. It can also calm the stomach and ease digestive problems. You can give chamomile tea to your dog or soak a dog treat in the tea. Another option is a soft chew that contains chamomile.

All Natural Anxiety Relief

Did you know you can get several of these ingredients, plus a few more, in our Project Paws™ Advanced Calming soft chews on Amazon Prime? (also available in the iHeartDogs store here) They’re formulated to relieve your dog’s anxiety, nervousness, hyperactivity, tension, or stress related to traveling, thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, introducing new pets, or a change in their routine.

High-potency natural ingredients are properly formulated for optimal results, and dogs love the turkey flavored soft chew! It’s gentle enough to be used as a daily supplement and powerful enough to work as needed in stressful situations. And if that isn’t awesome enough, each purchase feeds 7 shelter dogs!

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PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care

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The PetPom Book has been re-written and improved and is now PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care.

This 372-page, comprehensive book is the most helpful, detailed Pomeranian book that exists.

Available in print (via Amazon) here: PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care – Paperback $16.99 8.5×11″ 372 pages

And PDF ebook (formatted for your computer, tablet, or smartphone) here: PetPom’s GIANT Book of Pomeranian Care – PDF ebook $8.99

If you are looking for a book about Pomeranians that goes above and beyond, you’ve found it. This incredible 372-page tome dives into every aspect needed to raise a happy, self-confident, well-behaved, and healthy Pomeranian.

Each action you take, decision you make, and even the words you say have an impact on your Pomeranian. This book explores every relevant topic with an emphasis on concise information and practical advice that never leaves you wondering ‘what next?’ You’ll be armed with the knowledge you need for all elements affecting your Pom directly or indirectly through every phase of life; from puppyhood through adulthood and into the senior years.

Learn about the Pomeranian with size and structural variations, show vs. pet Poms, personality (and how your actions help shape it), color, intelligence, and more. If you’re just now bringing a Pom home, this book will guide you with introductions to home & family, how to handle nighttime crying, setting up your Pom’s area, early desensitization, and more.

 
This book is tailored to your Pomeranian; shy or hyper, clingy or a bit too independent, a dog that jumps up on visitors or hides behind furniture when the doorbell rings. Every behavioral quirk that may manifest (26 sections) is in this massive book, including a comprehensive section on separation anxiety to give your Pom the gift of self-confidence and security while you’re away from home.

The grooming chapter (10 sections) is extensive, with a schedule of tasks, a breakdown of each, step-by-step bathing, the importance of proper drying, brushing (puppy and adult), tangles, coat products, nail clipping (with photos), tear stains, and more. The coat is one of this breed’s most defining features; this Pomeranian book covers it all with puppy to adult coat transitions, trimmings, shedding, and fur loss issues with home remedies to help restore the coat.

The training sections are exceptional with step-by-step instructions to curb barking (every single barking scenario along with training for each), heeling alongside you, meet & greets with other dogs, nipping, humping, begging, over-zealous licking, command training, instilling proper hierarchy, socialization and desensitization, and much more.

Feeding & nutrition (10 sections) is explored in full, with advice vital to your Pomeranian’s short and long-term health, as well as female topics (including full pregnancy, whelping, and ‘breeding for color’ info), body part specific care, andhouse training (9 sections; ensuring fast success with no stone left unturned).

 
The Exercise & Activity chapter covers requirements, fun things to do, dog park safety, weather-related adjustments, and much more.

This book doesn’t slow down for a moment, with incredibly extensive health information (30+ sections) covering every issue the Pomeranian is prone to, conditions that affect toy breeds, and relevant issues seen with canines in general, including an outstanding allergy chapter. Never second-guess yourself, wondering what to do.

Included are the results of two puppy-growth studies of 249 Pom puppies that tracked first-year weights, comprehensive owner survey results exploring appearance, behavior, and health of 3,695 Pomeranians, statistics regarding life expectancy, and an entire chapter dedicated to keeping your Pom safe.

Throughout this book are sidebars, charts, beautiful photos (b&w in print, color in ebook), and supplemental aids.

Contributors include several top reputable AKC Pomeranian breeders and author and trainer Faye Dunningham who provides special-edition training sections.

We hope you’re excited to begin the journey of learning more about your Pom and providing the very best of care. Let’s get started!

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How to Tell If Your Dog Is Anxious or Stressed

Recognizing When Your Dog Is Stressed

A stressed-out dog will probably exhibit different body language than his chill peers. The whites of his eyes may be more pronounced. You may notice that he has an intense and direct stare or engages in hypervigilant scanning of the environment. He may avoid eye contact or frequently turn away from people or other canines. He may blink excessively — or not at all.

Your dog’s ears can also signal feelings of anxiety or stress. When your dog is alert or uneasy, his ears may becomes more erect. He may also move his ears back so that they lay close to or flat against his head. If your dog has floppy ears, it may be harder to distinguish this movement; watch for the base of his ears to rotate back and the ears themselves to move slightly back from their neutral position.

When your dog feels anxious, he may close his mouth tightly or pull his lips back in a tense grimace. This can be a sign that he is preparing to move into a growl, snarl, snap or bite. You may notice that the whiskers on his muzzle are erect and that the whisker beds appear more pronounced.

An anxious dog may also vocalize — he may bark, whimper, whine or growl, or make some other type of distress signal. Depending on the dog and the context, these vocalizations may indicate fear or aggression.

A stressed-out canine may stand in one place and lift a front paw or shift his weight away from whatever is scaring him. He may turn his head and body away or lower his body in a cowering, slinking movement.

You may see a change in his activity level as well. He may escalate and become hyperactive or appear more on edge and ready to react defensively. He may also freeze in place and refuse to move.

Other Ways Your Dog Experiences Stress

Like humans, canines experience physiological symptoms of stress. These may include respiratory changes, such as excessive panting, slow breathing or shallow breathing. Your dog may also hold his breath if he’s anxious.

Other signs to be aware of include excessive drooling or shedding, trembling, or sweaty paws. Your dog may also experience piloerection, which is when the hair on his neck, back or the base of his tail stands up; this can indicate high arousal.

An anxious dog may also urinate or defecate suddenly or break prior house-training habits. He may lose interest in food or become pickier about what he eats; he may also exhibit excessive thirst. He may spit out treats or grab them from you more aggressively than usual.

Your dog’s anxiety may manifest itself in some seemingly innocuous behaviors. He may shake (similar to how he shakes off after a bath) or yawn in an exaggerated manner. He may lick or scratch himself. He may roll onto his back and expose his bellyjump on people; or mouth, hump or mark objects. He may hug, lean on or cling to you, or try to climb up or hide behind you. He may suddenly demand more attention from you.

His general behavior may change, too. He may attempt to hide, look sleepy or depressed, or jump and startle easily. He may act goofy and hyper without proper context, or he may pace restlessly. He may fail to follow basic commands, like sit, and may lose interest in food, play and interactions with you.

If your dog exhibits ongoing signs of stress, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Once your dog has a clean bill of health, your veterinarian may refer you to a trainer or veterinary behaviorist to address both the fear and the behaviors it causes.

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Think I’m a Big Dog!

Grapes in Science Diet Small/Toy Breed Food

“While grapes and raisins are not harmful to some dogs, they have been associated with kidney failure in others. Simply put, it’s not worth the risk to find out!

Vomiting, lethargy and diarrhea can occur within 12 hours of ingestion. If the symptoms are not treated, they can lead to dehydration, decreased appetite and increased urination followed by decreased urination. If your dog has consumed grapes or raisins and these signs occur, take her to a vet immediately. Your dog can develop long-term kidney disease or even die from kidney failure within three to four days.

Then guess what they have listed as an ingredient in their food? Dried grape pomace! :

 

Body Language of Fear in Dogs