Pet Safety

  • World Animal Day

    Today is World Animal Day!

    We've shared before about our support of endangered species and the National Geographic Society's efforts to save them...

    Now - you can raise awareness on World Animal Day.


    According to KeepInCalendar, World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October the 4th. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned in locations all over the globe. The 4th of October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October the 4th with a Blessing of the Animals.

    World Animal Day, however, has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent animal chaplains in parks and fields. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.

    In Argentina it is celebrated on April 29 as a tribute to the death (in 1926) of Dr. Lucas Ignacio Albarracín. Albarracín was, along with Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, one of the founders of the Sociedad Argentina Protectora de Animales (Argentine Society of Protection of Animals) and the proponent of the National Law on Protection of Animals.

    Why celebrate World Animal Day?

    Building the celebration of World Animal Day mobilizes people for action now for a better future for animals.

    Throughout history, social movements (mass actions) like World Animal Day, have always been a major vehicle for ordinary people’s participation in politics, and key in fighting for social justice and reform. The lives of animals are profoundly affected by the actions of individuals, businesses, and nations.  It’s therefore essential that, as sentient beings, their rightful status as recipients of social justice is established and translated into effective animal protection.  Through increased awareness and education, we can help develop a compassionate culture which feeds into legal reform and social progress to make this world a fairer place for all living creatures.  A world where animals are recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

    There are other days linked to animals such as: World Day for Laboratory Animals on 24 April and World Wildlife Day on 3 March, and these are important too. However, World Animal Day is the one day of the year that embraces all animals and the unique concerns of each, in every country. It’s a special opportunity to commemorate our love and respect for animals by doing something special to highlight their importance in the world.  It unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force for change. Participation in celebrating World Animal Day grows each year, with a huge variety of inspiring events being held in an increasing number of countries. In 2003, we recorded 44 events being held in 13 countries and this has now grown to an estimated 1000 events in around 100 countries. YOU can help enhance the visibility of World Animal Day.

    Donate or add your event:


  • Derby Days

    On this day in 1904 the 30th Kentucky Derby was held. The race was won by an American thoroughbred named Elwood, the first winning horse in the history of the Kentucky Derby to be bred and owned by a woman. With the 142nd Kentucky Derby being held this Saturday, we thought we ought to take this opportunity to celebrate the important role women have played in Derby history.

    Horse Aid - Equine First Aid Kit for Horses - 10140


    Veterinarian approved for barn, tack, trailer and trail.

    This kit contains essential items for Horse First Aid Emergencies.

    Do you have a horse?

    If you have a horse, this kits for you!


    • Horse First Aid Book
    • Corona Antiseptic Ointment
    • Flexible Cohesive Wrap
    • Tourniquet
    • Saline Solution
    • Iodine Prep Pads
    • 3-Ply Towels
    • Surgical Scrub Brush
    • Scissors
    • Syringe
    • Hydrogen Peroxide
    • Vinyl Gloves
    • 4" x 4" Gauze Pads
    • 6" x 9" Cold Pack
    • Alcohol Prep Pads
    • Thermometer


  • Otter Pup (not Pop!)

    Otter-PupSpring is the season to celebrate new life. What better way to do so than to welcome the new baby otter pup into the world at the Bronx Zoo?! This playful little one clambered around its new habitat the other day scoping out the new digs while mama tried to show it the ropes. The inquisitive pup wasn't shy for long, scoping out the place on its own and even diving into the water. After splashing around in the pool for a bit, the two curled up inside a log to rest. See the video of the newcomer here!

  • Pet Safety and Liability: Dog BItes

    During Pet First Aid Awareness Month - we also wanted to reach out to Pet owners and remind them of a responsibility: Dog Bites. Dogs can bite humans - either out of fear, pain, or a sense of protecting their loved ones.

    The Risks of Dog Ownership: Dog Bite Liability

    The Reality Check
    dog biteHere’s the plain hard truth. You are responsible for your dog, and you will pay for any trouble your dog may get into. Period. We can talk about different kinds of pet insurance or what different regions require for various breeds of dogs (especially ones labeled as dangerous). Some regions ban dogs labeled as dangerous; some do not. We can also look at how states and provinces across North America have written legislation to protect people from dog bites and attacks. We can even look at when the dog owner may not be entirely responsible for what has occurred in a few exceptional (really exceptional) instances. Regardless, the bottom line plays the same. You are responsible for your pet. If your animal bites, you can be taken to court and held liable for costs and damages. And those costs can quickly add up to many thousands of dollars, possibly hundreds of thousands and, in extreme circumstances, even millions. You are responsible for your pet. Pay the small price it costs to protect your pet and give yourself peace of mind. Insure yourself against the one time your dog might startle and bite, be afraid and bite, be provoked and bite, become protective and bite, get injured and bite . . . but you get the picture. The trivial cost of pet insurance is worth saving you from a thousand scenarios where your dog could bite, and the pain you will experience as the owner responsible for the harm done.

    Buy Pet Insurance
    This point is a no-brainer. If you can afford to own a dog, you can afford to buy insurance. For as little as a few dollars each month, most homeowner and renter’s policies will protect you should the worst happen. After all, if you’re willing to insure things like vehicles, jewelry, expensive gear and sports equipment, isn’t your pet also worth the few bucks it costs to insure against a bite? Unless you’d rather lawyer up and pay many more thousands of dollars to a personal injury lawyer to represent you and Fido in court. So here’s the low down on insurance basics to protect you and your K-9 friend.

    Read the Fine Print
    Know what kind of insurance you have and what situations are covered. Ask your current insurance agent whether your dog is protected if it should bite someone. Then read the policy yourself. There may be plenty of conditions to your homeowner’s policy.

    Is your breed covered?
    Is it protected only on the property?
    What about damage your dog could do inside your vehicle?
    What if the animal bites when it’s in an off-leash park, or if it just gets away from you?

    What Else You Need to Know
    You need to know all the circumstances where your animal is—and is not—protected. And all insurance policies require you to follow the local laws and legislation. So know yours. Is there a dog owner’s act? Read it. You may be required to post signs on your property if you have a specific breed, or it may even be banned. Some insurance agencies no longer even provide dog insurance at all. In these cases, look in to the possibility of independent dog insurance.

    Independent Dog Insurance Policies
    Today you can buy insurance just for your animal. This option can be especially useful if your homeowner or renter’s policy excludes animal coverage. Be sure you know whether you are purchasing a health care policy, which is quite different from an insurance policy for dog bites. Policies vary significantly, but they are becoming more common and affordable.

    How Much Insurance
    The answer to this question may be tricky. As an owner, you want to give your dog the protection it deserves. If the standard coverage seems to be less than you want for your dog, you can often purchase umbrella or excess coverage. Sometimes that may protect your animal for millions of dollars. And the annual fee for excess protection is not unreasonable. Again, your insurance agent is the best one to answer your questions, and it’s a sure way to find out whether you have enough coverage for your pet.

    Other Considerations
    Keep your pet safe and error on the side of caution. Put signs on your property, especially if your animal runs free behind the gate. Keep your animal under control and on leash when you leave your property. Use muzzles and crates in situations where your pet may become anxious or fearful. That includes gatherings of family and friends. Never assume your animal won’t bite. It might. So protect your dog and keep it safe. A few steps of caution and a few dollars of protection can save you a world of trouble.

    Some more Pet First Safety reading:

  • H2O2 and your Pet

    Pet First Aid is always a topic we like to share information about - while it is often overlooked in favor of fun and cute pet stories, it is very important to any family with a furry friend - and especially at the Holidays.

    Today, we'd like to share some information about Hydrogen Peroxide and your Pet. We've shared a bit before about how important this is:

    5 Pet First Aid Tricks

    Dog Vomit

    How to respond if your pet has a medical emergency

    Here's some new and helpful information... according to Dr. Sandeman, Home & Garden, Quad-City Times, Hydrogen peroxide is good first aid for pets.

    Hydrogen PeroxideWhile our pets can enjoy the holidays as we do, the season does expose them to things that may pose a risk that they wouldn’t see or touch any other time of the year. And no, we aren’t talking about Aunt Cybil’s sauerkraut dip.

    Products from batteries to chocolate crinkles can cause some type of harm when eaten by our dogs. Prepared owners will have their veterinarian’s or poison control hotline’s number handy along with a fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide.

    Many of the foods that can be toxic to our pets — grapes, chocolate, products containing the artificial sweetener xylitol — are best handled by giving your pet hydrogen peroxide within a short time of ingestion to cause them to vomit. Even some chemicals such as mouse or rat poison may be initially treated by forcing the patient to throw up any product remaining in their stomach by giving them hydrogen peroxide orally.

    But, not every exposure to a potentially dangerous substance should be addressed with vomit-inducing hydrogen peroxide. In fact, vomiting at the wrong time can lead to further damage.

    And as a general rule, anything that can be irritating or corrosive going down is going to be irritating or corrosive coming back up.

    Batteries, household cleaners such as toilet bowl cleaners and detergents all fall into this category. Especially dangerous to pets and children are laundry detergent pods that seem like the perfect plaything to the unsuspecting, but can serious harm when swallowed.

    Additionally, hydrogen peroxide doesn’t do a good job making cats throw up.

    So, before you do anything, call your veterinarian or emergency clinic before administering any treatment to make sure you are using it correctly and for the right dosage.

    Learn more »

    Pet Safety & Holiday Happiness

  • Don't forget to Include Your Pets in Disaster Preparedness Planning

    Many pets were left behind to fend for themselves during the wildfires in California’s Calaveras and Lake counties resulting in serious injuries, death or disappearance.

    This occurred because the fire came so fast many survivors had no time to save the animals.

    Planning ahead means saving all family members - even the winged or multi-legged ones.

    "Pets are members of the family. You wouldn't want to leave a family member behind during a disaster would you?" said Deputy State Coordinating Officer Charles Rabamad. "Having a plan and emergency kit for your pets is just as important as having them for your mother, father, sister or brother."

    With predictions of more severe weather and flooding this winter due to El Niño now is a good time to develop both a family and pet emergency plan. Here are some tips on what to include in your pet plan:

    • If your pet doesn’t have a microchip, ask your veterinarian about the possibility. Make sure your pet’s tags are up-to-date and fastened to its collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, its tag is its ticket home.
    • Make sure your pet’s immunizations are current and keep a copy of the veterinary records with you.
    • Take a photo of your pet and keep it with you for identification purposes.
    • Make a pet emergency kit. You should have enough pet food, bottled water and medications for three days. Also, pack cat litter and pan, manual can opener, food dishes, leash and collar, brush, blankets, a first aid kit and other supplies. A full list of items to include can be found online at www.Ready.Gov. Information also is available at www.Cal-cares,com and
    • If you plan to shelter in place, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together. Put all emergency supplies in that room ahead of time, including your pet’s crate and supplies.
    Pet EMergency Kits come with the supplies your furry friend needs to evacuate, shelter and survive with the rest of the family! Pet Emergency Kits come with the supplies your furry friend needs to evacuate, shelter and survive with the rest of the family!

    Include Your Pets in Emergency Planning

    • Consider checking with your local animal control agency or emergency management office now to determine if a pet-friendly shelter is available in your area. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in disaster emergencies.
    • Make a buddy system with your friends or neighbors as a back-up emergency plan if you cannot care for your animals yourself. The buddy system will assure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.

    Those with larger animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs should also plan for these animals by:

    • Ensuring all animals have some form of identification.
    • Evacuating animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
    • Making sure vehicles and trailers for transporting animals as well as experienced handlers and drivers are available.
    • Ensuring destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.

    Survivors can register for FEMA assistance online at or by calling 800-621-3362; TTY 800-462-7585; 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Registration continues through Nov. 23.

  • Preparing Your Pets for Shelter

    We've talked about it before, and we'll talk about it again... you need to prepare ahead of time for pets in emergency situations.

    When you prepare for disasters, be sure to make arrangements for your pets too! In the event that you have to evacuate to a public shelter, keep in mind that for health reasons, some facilities cannot accept pets, so it’s important to prepare them for an alternative shelter. However, service animals are allowed in general population shelters.

    The Ready Campaign offers the following tips when seeking a pet shelter:
    • Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter, or animal control office to get advice and information; and
    • If you’re unable to return to your home right way, you may need to board your pet. Find out the location of boarding facilities and research some outside of your area in case local facilities are closed.
    Once you’ve found an alternative shelter, follow these tips to keep your pet safe while they are away from you:
    • Make sure microchips and identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attach the address and phone number of your evacuation site;
    • Take a current photo with your pet for identification purposes; and
    • Pack a “pet survival kit

    Disaster Supplies for Pets Disaster Emergency Kits for Dogs and Cats + Survival Food Disaster Supplies for Pets
    Disaster Emergency Kits for Dogs and Cats + Survival Food
  • “Ready, Pet, Go!” Preparedness Calendar

    ready-petWe recently talked about PetParedness at the White House... now the American Public Health Association (APHA) recently released an exciting new resource to help prepare your family, school, or office for emergencies. Their 2016 “Ready, Pet, Go!” Get Ready calendar features images of animals sharing important safety tips you can follow throughout the year, including:

    • If you live in an area at risk for hurricanes, know your community’s hurricane warning system. Find your evacuation routes and have supplies packed;
    • If you have to go outside during a winter storm, bundle up. Wear mittens and a hat to stay warm. Limit your time outdoors; and
    • Know where to take shelter during a disaster, whether you’re at home, work, school, or in transit.

    Images used in the calendar feature winners from APHA’s recent photo contest held during National Preparedness Month. This calendar can be a great addition to your bulletin board, office space, or refrigerator. Download and print your copy today!

    Pet First Aid & Pet Emergency and Survival Supplies come in many varieties! Pet First Aid & Pet Emergency and Survival Supplies come in many varieties!
  • PetParedness takes the spotlight

    We'll be traveling back to DC next week for another Bystander Preparedness meeting at the White House with representatives from the National Security Council; the Department of Homeland Security; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; law enforcement,
    including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Defense; and prehospital and physician provider organizations... in the interim, other White House Denizens are focusing on Furry Citizen Safety:

    Get ‘Petpared’ with Bo and Sunny Obama

    Preparing your family for disaster also includes having a plan for your pets. As part of National Preparedness Month, the White House Office of Digital Strategy, America’s PrepareAthon!, and the Ready Campaign released a special pet preparedness video featuring the nation’s “First Dogs,” Bo and Sunny Obama.


    Are your pets prepared for a natural disaster? Get tips for keeping all your family members safe—even the furry ones ? This exciting video highlights tips for creating a pet preparedness emergency kit, finding pet-friendly shelters, and making pet identification name tags.


    Other preparedness tips include:

    Make a Pet Emergency Plan

    • ID your pet. Make sure your pet’s tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Also consider microchipping your pets.
    • Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
    • Make a pet emergency kit.
    • Download Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners for a full list of items to include in your pets kit.

    Check out this quick list:

    • Pet food
    • Bottled water
    • Medications
    • Veterinary records
    • Cat litter/pan
    • Manual can opener
    • Food dishes
    • First aid kit and other supplies
    • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers.
    • Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.
  • Dog Days

    Dog Days of Summer? You think you are hot and miserable? How about your pets? They are wearing fur coats in this heat and humidity!

    Make sure you keep them cool and watch the water - pets are likely to consume much more than usual in the heat. Your Veterinarian make even recommend adding electrolytes to their food and water.

    Love your pet.

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