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TABLE OF CONTENTS November/December 2010
6 Breeding Dogs Get New Life 8 Upcoming Fund Raisers 9 Christmas Hazards 10 Teddy Bears! Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori 12 House Breaking Tips 14 Local Animal Shelters 16 Great Back Yard Bird Count 18 Tank- A Mini With A Big Heart 19 Disaster Preparedness 21 Holiday Gift Ideas 22 Events 23 Dog-Gone Fun Events: Wine + Polo Beneﬁt
New Life for Kennel Dogs By Anne Irwin Executive Director, Bucks County SPCA
On October 9, 2008 Governor Rendell signed amendments to the Dog Law. Animal lovers applauded the changes. Changes and improvements were required for all kennels (the Bucks County SPCA and other animal shelters are licensed as a non-proﬁt kennels). For example, all kennels are now required for the ﬁrst time to have smoke detectors and ﬁre extinguishers. The most sweeping changes affected large breeding kennels that sell or transfer 60 or more dogs a year, or that sell dogs wholesale to pet stores or dealers. These are the kennels that are often referred to as puppy mills. They are now classiﬁed as Commercial Kennels and they are required to provide more space, exercise and veterinary care to their dogs. The provisions affecting Commercial Kennels took effect October 9, 2009. Because of the new requirements many kennels are downsizing or going out of business. They can sell their breeding dogs, and many dogs have been sold in neighboring states where they will continue to be used for breeding. Humane societies have encouraged breeders to turn over their unwanted breeding dogs to shelters and rescue organizations, where the dogs will have a chance to become companions. Dogs started comPage 6
ing out of kennels and into shelters in small numbers when the law was passed, but the numbers increased sharply after the October deadline. Humane societies across the state have taken in hundreds of dogs from these kennels in the past year. Working with these dogs has been challenging and rewarding. At the Bucks County SPCA we have worked with over 120 of
them. The dogs came in groups of 10 to 20 and each group began its stay in an auxiliary kennel where they could be secluded as they adjusted to a new life. Having this versatile space allowed us to isolate new animals in a quiet spot
and assess them before introducing them to the general population in the main kennels. The dogs came from different kennels and we could not see how they were kept before they came to us. They were freely surrendered so that they did not have to be held as evidence in a court case, but they needed time and care to make them ready for life in a home. Most have been small breeds, but also a boxer, a Weimaraner, a Labrador and other large dogs. Most have been female and most are 3 years old or older. When they arrive they wag their tails and want to be friendly, but they do not quite know how. We learned some ways to warm them up. They were used to eating from automatic feeders and getting little exercise. At the shelter they got all of their food by hand feeding so they quickly learned to associate people with good things. With as many as 35 of these dogs in residence at once, hand feeding was labor intensive. We involved volunteers, staff and prospective adopters in the project. Visitors could see people sitting quietly on the ďŹ‚oor in the pens with these dogs. The results were remarkable. The next step was getting the dogs used to a leash. Everything was new to them. Our get acquainted room and outdoor benches got lots of use as people bonded with these dogs. We enlisted the help of volunteer veterinarians and our own veterinarians worked longer hours in order to get all of these dogs spayed or neutered before they went home. Spaying of dogs that have had numerous litters is often more complicated than spaying a younger dog or puppy. Many of the dogs also needed dental work. We
are fortunate that a family who adopted a Pomeranian early this year made a special gift in honor of their dog Treo to buy an ultrasonic dental cleaning machine for our surgery. That machine was put to good use for these dogs. Having these special dogs has energized staff and volunteers and it has been good for the other animals too. When people come to see the new faces and they see animals from other sources too and adopt. It has been a winning situation all around. With a group effort these dogs made real progress in a shelter setting. We are now receiving letters and photos showing even more progress now that they are in homes of their own. People say that shelters provide a second chance for animals that have lost their homes. For these dogs, even the oldest ones, it is their ďŹ rst chance to have a real home and a real life as a dog. Success for these individual dogs seems just as rewarding as the successful effort to get a stronger law passed. Bucks County SPCA and shelters around the state expect to continue working with groups of dogs like this for some months to come. We are grateful to the donors who support this effort and to the adopters who provide new beginnings for these deserving and resilient dogs.
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The Precious Pets Pet Expo on May 7, 2011 at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, PA will feature a Dog Walk beneﬁting The Center For Animal Health And Welfare (formerly the Northampton County SPCA). A portion of the registration fee and all pledge money will go directly to The Center. A Dog Walk to beneﬁt the Bucks Water Sponsor $250 Limit One Sponsorship County SPCA is being held in the summer of 2011, •Prominent Logo Recognition on Promotional date and location to be announced. Materials for Event •Onsite Sponsorship Mention There are many ways to get involved and partici(PA announcement inside expo) pate these great fund raisers. A $20 registration •Recognition on the Precious Pets Website (logo) fee for participating in the Walk includes a Tee •Logo on Event T-Shirt Shirt and admission to the Precious Pets Pet Expo. •Display Company Banner at Water station Registration and pledge forms are available at (if provided by your company) www.PAPetExpos.us •2 Event T-Shirts
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by Dr Mark Newkirk
While the holidays are wonderful times for all, hazards do exist for our pets. Just as many childrens toys can hide unseen dangers, so too can many pet toys. We often see lots of dogs who have swallowed the stuffing from toys, the whole toy, or ..........childrens toys! Cats like the sparkling decorations and they love to climb the xmas tree. If lights are not secure and plugs not taped, ﬁre can result. Cats like tinsel. It sparkles, dangles, moves if you swat at it, and somehow.....tastes OK. Once that string is in the mouth it often goes down. not only will this cause vomiting, it can cause blockage of the intestine. more over since the edge is sharp, it can cut right through the tender intestinal wall. Cats like to chase toys with strings. Including the childs toy with strings. The same issue as tinsel can result. Ribbon from wrapping gifts also falls into this category Gifts on the table or under the tree, especially cookies and chocolate are fair game to most dogs. Most of you know the chocolate danger, but raisens and grapes can also cause damage to kidneys and livers. Just as childrens toys with small parts, bells, balls and marbles can be hazardous to children, dogs like to sniff and swallow these items..Shooting toys such as slingshots, darts and paint ball guns often are aimed at pets. Unknowing children playing the game can injure the pet just as they could another child. When giving rawhide bones, it is best to give bones larger than the mouth can ﬁt. Not only will this make the bone last longer as the pet gnaws on it, but since dental tarter is on the outside of the tooth, a bone inside the mouth will not help clean the teeth. And a smaller bone can be swallowed whole. We see many dogs for vomiting and diarrhea during the holiday season. Between rich foods, gravys and sumptuous feasts, trash picking is always a canine favorite game.
can cause sever GI problems. Gravys are fatty and often create diarrhea. How about buying a new puppy for xmas for the kids or boyfriend or girlfriend. Generally not a good idea, especailly if its a surprise. Puppys are cute but grow up and live a long time. You can’t take it back for a refund or exchange it like a toaster. Boyfriends and girlfriends break up and the pet goes to a shelter. Also if the breed has just been in the movies. ala 101 Dalmations, most of the time thats a no win situation. These dogs look great on TV, cute cuddley, CALM. at home another story. This is a highly acitve dog with a stubborn streak. Needs lots of exercise and training. lots of dalmations ended up in shelters 6 months later. Talk with your veterinarian before you buy. Tiny dog breeds like yorkies and pomeranians get carried around by small children.....and dropped........leading to broken legs. Small kids, get a larger dog. If you live in the city or a highrise, a large dog who requires lots of exercise is not a good idea. For a single mom or dad or an older parent, go to a shelter and ﬁnd an older, calmer, already housebroken pet! No house training! Nor the expense of puppy shots, dog training classes etc. An an older person often doesnt’ have the energy to keep up with a puppy, especially a large breed. Have a safe and happy Holiday! www.newkirkfamilyveterinarians.com www.alternativevet.com
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The Teddy Bear is a true antique. Inspired by President Teddy Roosevelt in the early 1900s, teddy bears are now more than 100 years old and are more attractive than ever with collectors. Prices for Steiff, Boyd, Gund, and vintage mohair bears are going through the roof. Some early teddy bears have sold for more than $10,000. Handmade stuffed animals, particularly those from the Civil War era through World War I command the highest prices. So, keep those hand-medowns around for posterity and your pocketbook’s sake.
When it comes to displaying and storing your collectible bears, consider these tips. If you are displaying your cherished childhood teddy bear, remember to let it sit in an open area of a room. If you want to place it on a shelf, put down a white cotton barrier or doily between your stuffed teddy bear and the wooden shelf. Wood will off gas and may damage the fabric of your bear. If you are going to store your bear, so your favorite child can enjoy it years down the road, make sure that your teddy bear is stored where it can “breathe”. Teddy bears and other vintage and antique stuffed animals should not be stored in wood, glass, or cardboard. Cardboard breeds bugs which can eat at the yummy stufﬁng or mohair of your teddy bear. Glass can trap heat and moisture which can facilitate the growth of mold and wood will, as previously noted, off gas leaving behind dark stains and odor. The pieces that have been with you since childhood or those prized objects of you teddy bear collection should be cared for properly. In addition to teddy bears, some other popular animal-inspired and collectible stuffed animals relate to pop culture.
Most of the stuffed animals that collectors look for today originally came from comic strips, TV programs, or movies. Back in the 1970s, Kermit the Frog was cool and he remains a cool collectible today. As a representative of social and racial tolerance and the ecology movement which were so prevalent in the Carter years, Kermit was a symbol of the times. Cool characters with longevity, like Kermit and the Muppets, retain their value. For instance, the Muppet Show introduced a group of juvenile characters to a mainstream adult audience thereby reﬂecting culture while spanning the generation gap. A vintage 1976 Jim Henson toy featuring Kermit the Frog can bring as much as $200 from collectors today. Condition is vital to the value of all of the items, particularly teddy bears and other animal toys. For instance, Old Fisher Price pull toys like the Snoopy pull toy from the 1960s shows the interest in the mass-produced printing processes like those made famous by Pop Artist Andy Warhol in the same decade. This little puppy toy could bring as much as
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Put your dog in the crate if you are mentally or physically absent. • If you are not watching the puppy, you take your eyes off the puppy (even if for minute) the pup must be in the crate. Make sure you have a crate that is the proper size for your dog. • This rule greatly aids in housebreaking, but it can also deter other bad habits that might occur when you’re not looking
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Monitor water consumption • Remove water 2-3 hours before bedtime. • Give him a measured amount of water if you will be away for most of the day. When you get back allow him to have as much as he wants up until 2-3 hours before bedtime. • Take the puppy out 2 times after his breakfast (15-30 minutes apart) to make sure he is empty before putting him in the crate.
Look for signs from pup that he has to go out • Snifﬁng the ﬂoor or restless pacing • Freezing or circling • Very subtle looks at the door as he walks by it. These might be VERY SUBTLE like an ear ﬂick or a nod.
Use the same verbal cue each time “Go Pee” or “Hurry Up” & Reward • Once your dog associates the cue with eliminating, you can cue, “hurry up” and he will eliminate when and where you tell him. • Make a big fuss and reward with a game or treat after he goes.
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Shower, get dressed, or eat breakfast before tending to the puppy • Throw on your robe and slippers and get the puppy out to pee. The puppy comes ﬁrst.
Scold the puppy for mistakes that are too late to ﬁx. • If you see the puppy in the process of eliminating, you can interrupt and take him outside to ﬁnish. • If you didn’t see it until he ﬁnished, you can scold yourself for not watching the puppy:).
Assume he’s trained because he hasn’t had an accident recently. Not having an accident for a day, a week, or a month doesn’t necessarily mean your dog is housebroken – it could just be a lucky streak or you have been doing a really good job so far. Young dogs can have immature impulse controls so it’s possible they will have an accident even if they know they’re supposed to go outside. It can take up to a year to really have a bombproof dog provided you follow the right housebreaking steps. In fact, some people never truly housebreak their dog and always have to deal with little messes. It’s better to do the hard work up front and practice these do’s and dont’s for twice the amount of time you may think you need.
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By David C. Lee
I’m not one to point ﬁngers. Shelters and shelter workers are the hidden wonders of the animal world. Unless there’s a reality TV show to be made, or a person of notoriety focuses on the local rescue, marketing is not the ﬁrst concern in the shelter’s budget. Instead, money goes to food, litter, medicine, vet bills, and anything else that is needed. You see, for workers and volunteers, it’s not about public exposure, it’s about the animals. My wife and I recently started volunteering at one of our local shelters; The Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Easton, PA. Before we met, we each had our own stories and our own animal backgrounds. What we did have together was a common love of animals, especially those in need. It’s one of the reasons I fell for her. Once someone walks into a shelter, whether it’s for the ﬁrst time or the ﬁftieth time, it’s hard not to be affected. Some animals greet onlookers with sad eyes and soft cries. Others run about their crates, tails wagging, doing as much as possible to get the attention of anyone who may simply say, “Hi.” And this is how we came home with a new cat after only an hour orientation at the Center.
I wonder how many people are aware of their local animal shelters. So many of us drift through life, assuming that the problem of stray animals is dealt with, but never caring how. Unfortunately, it goes well beyond this simple assumption. Most people will voice an audible “aww” when we see a matted, wounded animal on the street. Few will stop to help, and even fewer will wonder of the animal’s story after they drive away. For most, it’s just human nature. Out of sight…out of mind.
When you become accustom to the sounds of the shelter, you have the opportunity to meet those that make everything work. These people donate countless hours of labor, and cut back on their morning coffee to help donate food and bedding. They wrap their lives in the soft furs and wet tongues of hundreds of animals that call the shelter “home.” And I can assure you, as a volunteer, we’re not in it for the recognition. I don’t type these words for a pat on the back. I, instead, am writing this in hopes to make you, the reader, more aware. We have one simple goal; we provide a happy, healthy life for these animals, in an endless effort to ﬁnd them forever homes. We all cry when our favorites are adopted, but I will take those tears of joy over the sorrow of
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knowing that a 4x12 cage may be all they ever know. And this is why shelters of this nature are important. It brings an eternal sense of feeling into the lives of many. We know we can’t let homeless animals just die on the side of the road.
tiguanas. Not ready for an animal? Donate! A dollar here and there is a dollar more than the shelter had before. Money is tight for many, so just think of how hard it is to run a rescue shelter that doesn’t market itself due to lack of money. It’s the evil Catch 22 of rescue.
You can blame the abundant shelter population on a number of things: irresponsible owners, backyard breeders, puppy mills, and so many more. But, I said before, I’m not writing to point ﬁngers. I want to support the solution. As I said, marketing is the last thing on the mind of most rescue workers, but seems to be ﬁrst on mine. It’s just my nature to want everyone to know what these shelters provide for the community. Many sponsor low-cost vaccination clinics, spay/neuter programs, training, and educational seminars.
Consider this Shelter Marketing 101, where I’m not the professor but rather an eager student. I’m here to tell you, the readers, that these places exist. Hop on your computer and do some research. Most shelters have wish lists, needing speciﬁc items at certain times. Most have orientation times for those who want to help clean crates, or simply walk and love a few deserving dogs. And if these statements don’t represent you, ﬁnd someone they do describe. Make that person read. Pass it own. The best marketing is word of mouth, but nothing can happen until you speak up!
Not everyone can be a volunteer, so please don’t think I’m calling on every person to come clean litter boxes and bathe dogs. Support can go well beyond manual labor. It starts with information and education. Stray away from puppy shops in the mall, and encourage friends and family to search the local shelters before turning to breeders. Large shelters are not just places to ﬁnd old cats and dogs, but instead have everything from hamsters to
David C. Lee Volunteer and Animal Lover Center for Animal Health and Welfare
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���������������������������������������� The 2010 GBBC was another record-breaker with more than 97,300 bird checklists submitted by an estimated 63,000 volunteers from across the United States and Canada. These volunteers found connecting with nature to be great fun. “I enjoy being outdoors and birding is a source of relaxation and stress relief!” wrote one participant. “Looking and listening for birds forces me to focus on the environment around me at a higher level of intensity, and notice things I might otherwise miss.”
Count because it offers a good picture of the birds typically found throughout the winter months. It also coincides with migration for some species, such as the Sandhill Crane. That window of transition affords an opportunity to detect changes in timing for northward migration. On the www.birdcount.org website, participants can explore real-time maps and charts that show what others are reporting during the count. The site has tips to help identify birds and special materials for educators.
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A few highlights from the 2010 GBBC: • A massive roost of nearly 1.5 million American Robins was reported in St. Petersburg, Florida. Will they be back in 2011? • The invasive Eurasian Collared-Dove keeps expanding its range. It was reported in 39 states and provinces during the 2010 GBBC. Where will this hardy dove show up next?
• Tree Swallows showed dramatic increases in numbers during the last count, possibly because of warmer temperatures and earlier migration. Will that pattern hold true again for GBBC 2011? Mid-February is chosen as the time for the Great Backyard Bird Page 16
GBBC participant surveys have shown that people really enjoy exploring the data and say they learn more about their local birds. “I looked at data with my 9-year-old son to help him learn about birds in our area,” wrote one parent. “We talked about migration, bird ﬂyways and compared bird counts for our area (coastal South Carolina) with where his cousins live (Wisconsin and Alabama). We found out our area has a much greater variety of birds in February than either of the other two.” Participants may also enter the GBBC photo contest by uploading images taken during the count. Many images will be featured in the GBBC website’s photo gallery. All participants are entered in a drawing for prizes that include bird feeders, binoculars, books, CDs, and many other great birding products.
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Tank was a precious, furry foal when Lily and Victor Leonhard ﬁrst spied Tank in a farmer’s ﬁeld. They became smitten with the mini dwarf horse instantly, and took him into their home and hearts. They soon realized that the deformity of his right front leg was more serious than they had initially thought. Conservative treatment by Meagan Smith DVM, Tank’s primary vet, was offering no improvement. That’s when Smith, a board-certiﬁed specialist in the practice of equine veterinary medicine and part of the William Boucher Field Service at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center, recommended that he visit New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. At the George D. Widener Hospital a radiograph revealed a deformity of the cannon bone. It was causing him to walk on the side of his hoof instead of ﬂat-footed. Surgery was recommended. The two and a half hour surgery was performed by board-certiﬁed surgeon Liberty Getman DVM. “There are many potential complications when doing a surgery like this,” says Dr. Getman. “We are breaking a major, weight-bearing bone, and there is always concern about infection when you are putting a plate on horse bone.” The surgery was made even more challenging by Tank’s size. He weighs in at 70 pounds, and barely skims the knees of an average-sized person. The procedure required strategically fracturing the bone that had grown crooked, taking a triangular-shaped piece of bone out of the middle of the deformed bone, straightening the bone, and then using a special locking compression plate to repair the ”fracture” that was created. Specialized medical equipment was necessary to make the cut in the cannon bone, about the size of an adult index ﬁnger, precise. For the Leonhards, the decision was pretty straight-forward. “We couldn’t imagine him having a good quality of life without the surgery.” Dr. Getman credits the successful outcome of Tank’s surgery “on many things, not the least of which is having specialized facilities, equipment, and personnel capable of doing this type of surgery.” In the operating room with Dr. Getman were surgical resident Ben Ahern DVM, board-certiﬁed veterinary anesthesiologist Lin Klein VMD, nurse anesthetist Diane Hurley, surgical nurse Emma Geoghan, and chief of the farrier service Pat Reilly. In addition to straightening the deformed bone, a glue-on extension was placed on the lateral wall of the right front foot, along with a fulllimb bandage and splint. Toe extensions were also placed on his hind feet to help treat the ﬂexural deformity he was developing in those limbs. Page 18
Tank was weight-bearing almost immediately after surgery and discharged ﬁve days later. He experienced no complications. Follow-up was provided at the Leonhard’s home by Drs. Smith and Getman and farrier Pat Reilly. “His prognosis is excellent,” says Dr. Getman. “He should be able to live a normal healthy life. Without the surgery, he would likely have been crippled within a year, and at risk of foundering on the opposite leg.” Tank, says Mrs. Leonhard, is so easy going. She has watched his slow recovery, including eight weeks of stall rest, and observed the little horse adjusting well to his corrected limbs. Mrs. Leonhard is looking forward to taking Tank for walks through the woods, “and many years of enjoyment with him.”
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Animal Disaster Preparedness Week September 11. Hurricane Katrina. The earthquake in Haiti. The Gulf oil spill. Would you know what to do with your family – including your pets – if a disaster struck your home or community?
by Sally Silverman
“No one thinks about the preparation involved with a disaster because they think it’s boring or that it’s not going to happen to them,” said Dr. Cynthia Otto, associate professor, Clinical Care at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Ryan-VHUP). “But planning is the most important part. Are you going to stay? Are you going to evacuate? What’s your plan?” “The primary goals are awareness and planning,” said Dr. Otto, who served as a responder for September 11th and Hurricane Katrina. “People need to think about what kind of emergencies and disasters they need to plan for – earthquakes, ﬂoods, snowstorms, power outages – and have a plan in place about how they’re going to handle their pets.”
Should You Stay or Should You Go?
requires communities and state emergency preparedness authorities to develop evacuation plans that include accommodating household animals in the event of a major disaster.
If evacuation is not mandated by the local emergency management agency, according to Dr. Otto, there are two options: evacuating or staying put. “If you’re going to stay, are you safe where you are, are you self-supporting? Do you have enough food and water? And if you’re going to evacuate, where are you going to go? Is it safe there? And do you have all the supplies you’ll need?”
To help ﬁre and rescue personnel rescue your pets, Dr. Otto recommends using a window sticker that alerts emergency response team members that there are animals in your home. These “pet ﬁnder” stickers can be found at an array of online stores. Some of these stickers also allow you to indicate how many dogs, cats or birds live in your home so responders know exactly what they’re looking for.
Making the decision to stay or go is paramount. Statistics show that people who do not have a pet evacuation plan and think they will come back at a later time to retrieve that pet often are not able to go back. Sadly, in the case of farm animals and horses, people often don’t have a choice and must evacuate leaving their animals behind.
Once everyone is safely out of the danger zone, you need to know where you’re going to go. Most emergency shelters do not allow pets. Check out pet-friendly hotels in advance and keep their information on-hand in case of emergency.
“Ensuring human safety during any rescue attempts should be a ﬁrst priority.” Dr. Louise Southwood, associate professor, Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center. Pre-planning for an emergency, however, will increase your chances for saving more of the animals you love. “Having an evacuation plan is important for anyone with large animals, said Dr. Southwood, “and having contact numbers for owners, shippers, vets, hospital, and so on readily available are essential for any situation,”, associate professor, Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center.
Have a Plan
In 2006, as a direct result of Hurricane Katrina, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act was passed, which
If you stay, know your building. If you’re at home, you might know where to turn off the gas supply, various escape routes and the location of all the control valves you might need. However, what if you’re stuck at work? Do you know the emergency evacuation routes? Do you have a plan in place with your family about how to contact them? And what about your pets? You should have a plan in place whereby a neighbor, family member, friend or boarding facility that’s properly equipped is willing and able to pick up and house your pets if you are unable to get home for any extended period of time.
Large Animals, Special Considerations
“We have seen horses stuck in streams and swimming pools and have assisted horses in trailer accidents. We often help older horses stuck on hillsides who cannot get up due to musculoskeletal conditions,” said Dr. Ashley Boyle, assistant professor, Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center. “A lot of the success comes from a team effort with a knowledgeable leader to get the horses out of these situations.” Dr. Boyle said that these kinds of equine disasters can be mostly prevented by keeping fencing maintained, having older horses on level ground and not allowing horses to access places that could be precarious. Similar prevention measures should be enforced for other kinds of farm animals, as well.
Stocking Your Emergency Preparedness Kit
“The most important thing is water,” said Dr. Otto. “I always have a case of water at home and jugs ﬁlled with water that I freeze so they’re ready to grab and go if I need them.” In the case of farm animals, your kit should include most of the above-mentioned items plus a halter and readily available trailer/s for transport. For a full list of what should be included and for more information and guidelines to best prepare for emergencies, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association online at http://www.avma.org/ disaster/#family. Here you can ﬁnd information about what else to include for dogs and cats, as well as kit contents for farm animals, horses and special species, including amphibians and birds.
Whether you evacuate or stay where you are, you’ll need supplies and Dr. Otto recommends always having an emergency preparedness kit fully loaded and on-hand.
Pet Emergency Preparedness Kits should include: • A First Aid Kit • Bandages/tape • Hydrogen peroxide • Saline for rinsing eyes/noses • Betadine solution • Scissors • Triple antibiotic ointment • Tweezers • Benadryl • Latex gloves • Thermometer
• Pen and notebook • Styptic powder • A ﬁrst aid book • Water (6 – 10 ounces/day for each 10 lbs of body weight) • Enough food to last for at least one week • Muzzle • Leash • Photo of you and your pet
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