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Cat holds family hostage

posted March 16th, 2014 by
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This photo provided by Lee Palmer shows Lux, a 22-pound Himalayan cat that attacked a seven-month old baby. Portland police had to be called in to subdue the 22-pound  house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the Sunday, March 9, 2014, incident. (AP Photo/Lee Palmer)

When the following headline popped up in my newsfeed on Facebook, I had to click it: “22-pound pet cat holds family hostage until police arrive“.

As the momma of both a 22-pound cat and a seven-month-old baby, this article makes me shake my head. No, no one was seriously injured and yes, I do find it somewhat absurd that two grown adults needed to call 911 for help with their cat…

But what really bothered me about the story was that it would appear that an infant’s interaction with a family pet wasn’t very well supervised. And on top of that, the parent’s reaction once the interaction went poorly was to kick the family pet. Yikes!

No wonder Lux held his family hostage!

In all seriousness, our pets and children cannot learn how to treat each with other without parental guidance and example. If you kick your pet, so will your kid. And pets can’t be held responsible for their animal reactions when they are allowed to be mishandled and mistreated.

While the story has spread on the internet as somewhat of a joke, there is a serious lesson to take from it. For a great resource on pet and child safety, visit familypaws.com.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Keep Halloween safe and fun for your fur kids

posted October 27th, 2013 by
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The big day is coming up soon and there will be plenty of festivities happening all week.

And while Halloween can be great fun for your fur kids as well as your human kids (and even us really big kids!), there are plenty of opportunities for pet mishaps on the spookiest night of the year.

All of those bowls of candy and treats sitting around, and even some of the decorations, can be very tempting to pets. But a lot of those goodies can cause upset tummies if eaten and, at the worst, be toxic, according to the ASPCA.

Candles and wires from decorations also pose a risk to the more curious pets (cats, I’m looking at you), so make sure to keep them out of reach.

Planning to dress up your pet for the holiday? Make sure her costume fits well and does not have any easy to chew off pieces. It’s also a good idea to make sure your pet actually will enjoy being dressed up.

And for any animals who are shy or might try to dart out the door past trick or treaters, consider creating a calm space in a separate room away from the front door. For more safety tips from the ASPCA, visit aspca.org/pet-care/halloween-safety-tips.

Now that we’re clear on how to keep our kiddos safe, let’s make it a fun night for them, too!

Help your pooch feel included in the fun by having some special treats on hand. This site has some great ideas, the easiest being to mix in some fresh or canned pumpkin in with your dog’s usual kibble for a festive Halloween dinner.

And if your pet happens to be one of those hams who loves dressing up, check out this adorable slide show of pet costumes for inspiration. The Bob Barker costume is my favorite, by far.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Pet Owners Need to Prepare for 2012 Tornado & Hurricane Season, Keep in Mind Pets’ Emergency Needs

posted May 16th, 2012 by
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HERNDON, Va. (May 16, 2012) – AccuWeather.com predicted another active hurricane season this year, and pet owners need to be prepared according to a national pet emergency preparedness company.

 

“In the midst of a fire, flood, tornado or hurricane, the likelihood that you and your pets will survive the emergency depends largely on emergency planning done today,” said Ines de Pablo, executive director of pet emergency management division at Wag’N Enterprises.

AccuWeather.com forecasted the Atlantic Basin will have 12 named tropical storms, five named hurricanes and two major hurricanes – all the more reason to be prepared ahead of time, de Pablo said.

Although residents in storm-afflicted areas commonly keep personal records handy in case of emergencies –phone numbers, medical records and emergency supplies – it’s easy to forget similar preparation for your pets, de Pablo said.  Pet owners need to have immunization/health records and emergency vet contact information printed and ready should powered electronics be unavailable during and after a storm.  An extra supply of your pet’s food, water and medicine should also be readily available.

 

De Pablo said it’s also important to understand that post-disaster agencies may be slow to respond, depending on the severity of a weather-related event.

 

“You are your own first line of defense and your pet’s, too,” she said.  “Pet owners can take steps so that a first responder’s job is easier, should an emergency take place.”

 

Wag’N Enterprises offers eight important tips for emergency preparedness:

 

  • Pets should wear a collar with its regular identification, county license, microchip and rabies tag at all times.
  • Pet owners should carry a record of their pet’s medical history, a photo of their pet and emergency contact numbers (veterinarian, local animal control, etc.).  A Wag’N Pet Passport™ is a good solution to put all information together in one place.

 

  • If there’s a storm evacuation, it’s important to know whether or not your pet is allowed in the shelter.  So, it’s important to plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for you and your pet. Consider more than one evacuation route and think ahead of time of all your out-of-town and/or out-of-state destination options.

 

  • Create a “grab and go” bag for your pet that’s light yet stocked with everything your pet needs during an evacuation.  Wag’N offers a preparedness checklist here for pet owners to reference.

 

  • Prepare a Pet Emergency Management Plan. “We are all in danger of thinking we know what we will do, but unless we actually create a plan and rehearse said plan, we are generally victimized by the false sense of security of wishful thinking,” De Pablo said. Don’t know where to get started?  Consider attending a comprehensive five hour Wag’N Pet Emergency Management™ Seminar.

 

  • Once a pet emergency management plan is made, practice the plan with your family, considering multiple hazard scenarios and giving yourself various time frames to evacuate. “Practice makes for perfect. A non-rehearsed plan is worse than no plan. The only way to test the validity of your plans is by putting them to the test,” De Pablo said.

 

  • Pet owners should keep a list of all their emergency contacts’ (friends, neighbors or family members) contact information and pre-printed copies of lost pet posters readily available in their grab and go bag.  The Wag’N Rover Respond’R® Mobile Emergency Kit is another valuable tool pet owners should use to keep important information handy in their vehicles as well.

 

 

  • Always keep paper and electronic copies of the following information, preferably in a resealable bag:

 

  1. Pet’s veterinarian information
  2. Emergency animal hospital
  3. National poison control (800.222.1222)
  4. Paper maps of your neighborhood, town, county as well as regional maps.
  5. Veterinary and immunization records
  6. Pictures of owner(s) with pet(s) for proof of ownership

For more information, please visit www.wagnpetsafety.com or contact Dave Payne at 678.551.0780/[email protected].  Wag’N is active on Twitter and Facebook.

About Wag’N Enterprises
Founded in 2007, Wag’N Enterprises (http://www.wagnpetsafety.com) offers pet emergency management solutions to service industries, first responders and pet parents to effectively mitigate, prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety. Executive Director of Pet Emergency Management Division Ines de Pablo holds a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis & Emergency Management from the prominent George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has more than a decade of extensive field training experience under her belt. Wag’N Pet Safety Gear is a branded and extensive collection of purposefully designed tools and services giving people and their pets peace of mind in case of an emergency.

New P.E.T.S. Program Ensures Fido’s Safety at Hotels and Resorts

posted November 14th, 2011 by
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HERNDON, Va. (Nov. 14, 2011) – Many hotels and resorts have started welcoming pets, however, that doesn’t mean they’re fully prepared to deal with them should a pet-related emergency arise.

Today, Wag’N Enterprises announced the launch of the Personalized Emergency Training Services (P.E.T.S.) Pet Friendly Program for hotels and resorts.  The program will provide pet-friendly lodges the necessary tools to deal with emergencies that may occur and affect guests’ pets.   

“As pet parents entrust their furry companions’ health and safety to your business, it becomes a hotel or resort’s duty to have staff that is properly trained to handle pet-related emergencies,” Ines de Pablo, executive director of Pet Emergency Management Division at Wag’N Enterprises, said.  “The Wag’N P.E.T.S. Program is a first-of-its-kind training program that takes a comprehensive approach in preparing for emergencies that impact pets and their parents.”

Through P.E.T.S. Pet Friendly, Wag’N provides hotels and resorts with the following services:

  • Pet first aid training certification – Wag’N’s training will prepare key hotel staff members to help deal with a pet medical emergency since there is no 911 for pets.

 

  • Hotel and resort branded pet safety products – Hotels and resorts may now enhance their pet-friendly offerings by carrying Wag’N’s pet-safety products, which may now be corporately branded for private-label sale.  Some of Wag’N’s innovative products include trademarked Pet First Aid Kits and Pet First Aid Bandanas.

 

  • Seasonal, in-room brochures with local pet-related resources – To ensure guests with pets get the most out of the city they’re visiting, Wag’N can help create custom, in-room brochures.  These brochures will highlight key resources close to where guests are staying such as veterinarians, on-site pet first aid resources, pet hospitals, pet-friendly parks, pet stores and groomers.

 

More information about the P.E.T.S. Pet Friendly Program is available at www.wagnpetsafety.com/petfriendly  or by calling 571.572.WAGN. 

About Wag’N Enterprises

Founded in 2007, Wag’N Enterprises (www.wagnpetsafety.com) offers pet emergency management solutions to service industries, first responders and pet parents to effectively mitigate, prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety. Executive Director of Pet Emergency Management Division Ines de Pablo holds a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis & Emergency Management from the prestigious George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has more than a decade of extensive field training experience under her belt.  Wag’N Pet Safety Gear is a branded and extensive collection of purposefully designed tools and services giving people and their pets peace of mind in case of an emergency.