Midlands Humane Society: Plan ahead for storm season to keep your pets safe | Pets

Kori Nelson Midlands Humane Society

As the weather changes for the season and storms arrive regularly, it is imperative to be aware of potential issues that may arise and affect your safety. Storms arise in an instant and can take us by surprise. Your safety and that of your family (including your pets) should be a priority and not taken lightly.

Be honest – do you have an emergency/disaster kit ready for humans in your home, let alone one for your pets? Unfortunately, many of us don’t. While you may have many items needed to fill a kit, they are most likely spread out in different cupboards and drawers, making them hard to reach, especially if you’re in a hurry.

Keeping these items in an easy-to-grab place is key. We’ve included an easy-to-follow guide below, courtesy of the ASPCA, that provides a handy reference list for a pet emergency kit. Depending on the type of animals you have, the number of animals you have and where you live can affect what you will need to include.

First, make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identifying information. We also recommend microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. Midlands Humane Society can quickly and easily microchip your pet for just $25. Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from the house in a crisis.

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Here is a list of items you may want to keep in your emergency kit: Pet first aid kit (including absorbent gauze pads, tape, cotton balls or swabs, 3% hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting (always check with a veterinarian or poison control before giving to your pet), ice pack, disposable gloves, blunt scissors, tweezers, antibiotic ointment , oral syringe, liquid dishwashing detergent for the bath, towels, flashlight, alcohol wipes, styptic powder, saline eye solution, tear gel), one week’s worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food, disposable litter boxes (aluminum rotisseries are perfect), litter, sanitizer, disposable garbage bags for cleaning, dishes and water bowls for pets, extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash, photocops ies and/or a USB stick of medical records and a waterproof container with a two week supply of any medication your pet needs (remember that food and medication should be removed from your emergency kit, otherwise water can go bad or become useless), at least seven days of bottled water for each person and animal (store in a cool, dry place), a sturdy travel bag, crate or carry bag, ideally one for each animal, a blanket, and recent photos of your pets (in case you get separated and need to make “Lost” posters).

It’s easy to get overwhelmed browsing through this list as you contemplate the worst-case scenario. Take it step by step and remember that anything you can do in advance will help.

MHS Pet of the Week: Jace is an 11 year old neutered male Lab/border collie mix. Don’t let Jace’s age fool you, he’s still full of pep! Jace is a great walking companion and loves to play. He knows some of his basic commands and is more than willing to learn if there are any treats involved.

We think Jace will be a great addition to any home.

Polka is an adult rabbit who wears a beautiful black, gray and white fur coat. She is quite tame and is looking for more space to play.

Scraper is a 3 year old neutered male lab mix. Scrapper is a cute boy who loves to run and play! He gets along well with other pets and will make a great addition to his new family.

He would benefit from working on his obedience skills to help him grow taller.

naughty is a 9 month old sterilized domestic short-haired female who arrived in early May. This girl is very affectionate with her people and has lived successfully with children, but has no experience with other animals.

Midlands is open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can see the other adoptable animals on our website at www.midlandshumanesociety.org. We are located at 1020 Railroad Avenue in Council Bluffs and can be reached at 712-396-2264.

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