How to keep your pets safe in Severe Weather.

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • Kennel or Crate
  • Cages
  • Bottled water
  • Safe place
  • Pet Inside” stickers

Make an Emergency Plan to Keep Pets Safe During a Tornado

  • Step 1:

    Find a kennel, crate or cage for every animal you have. Buckets work well for fish and turtles. Keep all of the animal carriers together in an easy to get to place inside the house.

  • Step 2:

    Choose the safest room in the house for surviving a tornado. A basement is best or the most interior room of the home, preferably a closet or bathroom. Tell everyone living in the house that this is the safe room for tornadoes.

  • Step 3:

    Make an emergency food supply for the pets in case it is in short supply or hard to get to after the storm. Get pull tab cans or pouches for easy opening, and you can toss in a cheap bowl or paper plates. Pack a collar and leash for each dog or cat as well.

  • Step 4:

    Add an extra gallon or two of water to the family emergency supply. This way there will be plenty to go around.

What To Do When a Tornado Siren Sounds or a Tornado Warning is Issued

  • Step 1:

    Put all pets in cages or carriers and in the safe room when the tornado watch is issued. Animals sense bad weather and will look for a place to hide if they sense it is near. There will probably not be much of an argument from the pets in the safe room where it is quiet.

  • Step 2:

    Get all people to the safe room as soon as a tornado warning is issued or a siren is sounded.

  • Step 3:

    Stay in the safe room for several minutes after the storm, large tornadoes have an eye so more destruction could be coming. After several minutes of silence, carefully open the safe room door.

  • Step 4:

    Leash all pets when outside after a tornado. Power lines could be down and dangerous objects will be littered about everywhere. Do not let pets outside unsupervised.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice the emergency weather plan before bad weather strikes. Get pets used to kenneling or being caged during storms.
  • There are only seconds to act before a tornado strikes, so don’t wait to put pets in carriers and get them in the safe room.

Insect Borne Diseases are Back!

While it may not feel like spring is here to us, the bothersome insects have not been slowed down.  Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are coming out and bring their diseases with them.  Mosquitoes carry Heartworm disease which infects and kills many dogs and cats every year.  Mosquitoes also carry West Nile Virus which rarely affects our dogs and cats but has significant health implications in people and our equine friends.  Ticks carry Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, two bacterial infections of dogs and people.  While we write about these same diseases every year, they need to be mentioned again since more and more people are also getting infected, especially with Anaplasmosis.  According to the Minnesota Department of Health, record numbers of people in Minnesota became infected with Anaplasmosis making it as common as Lyme disease in people.  Since both Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis are carried by the “deer tick” (now renamed the “black legged tick”), tick control needs to be a high priority for all of us.  Here are a few ways to help keep us and our pets protected from disease carrying ticks:

  • - Apply a topical flea and tick killer such as Frontline Plus to your cat or dog every month.  This ensures that the fleas and ticks that your pet may pick up will not survive to come and bite you as the owner or any other people in contact with your pet.  At Skyline we have competitive pricing on Frontline Plus and if you buy 6 doses you get the 7th one free!
  • - Have your dog tested for Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis yearly.  This will let you know if your pet has been exposed and may need treatment.  At Skyline we offer the 4Dx test which will test your dog for Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Canine erhlichiosis, all for only $39!
  • - Check yourself and your pets for ticks after a day outside.
  • - Wear light colored clothing so you can spot ticks on yourself easier.

As for protecting your dog or cat from Heartworm disease, all it takes is a once monthly chewable tablet such as Iverhart Plus and your pet will be safe from Heartworm disease and some common intestinal parasites.  At Skyline we have great pricing on Iverhart Plus and then you get a rebate on top of that!

Please contact us at 763-574-9892 for more information on these insect borne diseases and the awesome deals we have on products to protect your pets from them.

If you would like more information on human Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, please check out the following link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2011/ticks050611.html.

 

Anaplasmosis explosion!!!

Please everyone be careful, but also note our loved ones in furry coats are getting this too.  We have found this disease in 60 dogs since 2010 spring and the number is growing.  We advise a yearly 4DX heartworm test for $39 to prevent and detect this disease for it is included in the test.  Call us today to have a tech do this simple test for your dog.

http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2011/ticks050611.html

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