For the eighth year in a row, Austin Pets Alive! has been selected as a recipient of funds raised during Austin Subaru’s Share the Love campaign. The annual fundraiser, which ran from November 2022 to January 2023, pledges to donate $250 when a new vehicle is purchased or leased. The 2022 Share the Love campaign has been the most successful to date for our organization, bringing in a tail-wagging $125,000! This awe-inspiring donation can contribute to our organization in many ways! With a contribution like this we we are can do any of the following:
Take it Slow
The key to a successful introduction is to take it slow. This is especially important if you have existing pets in your home. Introducing a new pet too quickly can cause stress, anxiety, and aggression. Start by introducing your new pet to one room in your home and gradually allow them to explore more areas as they become more comfortable.
Provide Separate Living Spaces
When introducing a new pet, it’s important to provide separate living spaces for each pet. This can be done by using pet gates or pet doors to separate different areas of your home. This will allow each pet space to eat, sleep, and play without feeling threatened or overwhelmed.
When it’s time for your new pet to meet your existing pets, it’s important to supervise their interactions. This can be done by keeping both pets on a leash or in separate crates or rooms until they become more comfortable with each other. It’s important to watch for signs of aggression or anxiety and to intervene if necessary.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is a great way to help your pets feel more comfortable around each other. This can be done by rewarding good behavior with treats, toys, or praise. It’s important to avoid punishing your pets or using physical force, as this can cause more harm than good.
Allow for Individual Time
It’s essential to allow each pet to have individual time with you. This can be done by taking your pets on separate walks or spending personal time playing with each pet. This will help each pet feel loved and valued and reduce feelings of jealousy or competition.
Introducing scents can be a great way to help your pets become familiar with each other. This can be done by rubbing a towel or blanket on each pet and then swapping the items. This will allow each pet to become familiar with the other pet’s scent without feeling threatened.
It’s essential to remain calm and patient during the introduction process. Pets can pick up on your emotions, and if you’re stressed or anxious, it can make the introduction process more difficult. Take deep breaths, remain patient, and focus on positive interactions between your pets.
Seek Professional Help
If you’re having difficulty introducing your pets, seek professional help. A veterinarian or animal behaviorist can provide guidance and support to help you successfully introduce your new pet to your home.
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Part 1: Creating an Emergency Plan for Your Pets
1.1 Identifying Potential Disasters in Your Area
The first step in creating an emergency plan for your pets is identifying the potential disasters most likely to affect your area. Research local risks such as floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, or hurricanes. Knowing the possible threats will help you tailor your plan to address specific hazards and ensure you’re prepared for any eventuality.
1.2 Designating a Safe Haven
Find a safe place where your pets can stay during an emergency. Many emergency shelters do not allow pets, so it is crucial to find pet-friendly accommodations ahead of time. Identify local hotels, motels, or boarding facilities that accept pets. Also, check with friends or family members outside your immediate area who might be willing to take in your pets during a crisis.
1.3 Preparing a List of Emergency Contacts
Create a list of emergency contacts for your pets, including your veterinarian, local animal shelters, and pet-friendly hotels. Keep a hard copy of this list in your emergency kit and save a digital copy on your smartphone for easy access.
1.4 Microchipping and Identification
Ensure your pets are microchipped and registered with up-to-date contact information. Microchipping significantly increases the chances of being with your pets again if you become separated during an emergency. Also, ensure your pets wear collars with identification tags containing your name, phone number, and relevant medical information.
1.5 Planning for Evacuation
Create an evacuation plan that includes your pets. Identify multiple escape routes from your home and practice evacuating with your pets to familiarize them. If you have numerous pets, consider how you will transport them, especially if they require separate carriers.
Part 2: Assembling a Pet-Specific Emergency Kit
2.1 Food and Water
Include a 3-7 day supply of non-perishable pet food and bottled water in your emergency kit. Remember to pack food and water dishes as well. Remember that pets may require more water during stressful situations, so it’s better to have too much than too little.
2.2 Medications and Medical Records
Pack any medications and a copy of your pet’s medical records in a waterproof container. These documents may be required for boarding facilities or veterinary care during an emergency.
2.3 First Aid Kit
Assemble a basic pet first aid kit, including gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, scissors, a digital thermometer, and a pet-specific first aid guide. Consider including a blanket or towel for warmth and comfort.
2.4 Collars, Leashes, and Carriers
Ensure you have collars, leashes, and carriers for each pet. Carriers should be large enough for your pet to stand up, turn in any direction, and lie comfortably. Label carriers with your contact information and any pertinent medical details.
2.5 Sanitation Supplies
Include pet waste bags, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes to maintain cleanliness during an emergency. If you have
Cats, consider packing a small, portable litter box and litter.
2.6 Comfort Items
Pack familiar items such as toys, blankets, or bedding to provide comfort and reduce stress for your pets during an emergency. Familiar scents can be reassuring and help to keep your pets calm.
2.7 List of Emergency Instructions
Include a list of specific instructions for your pet’s care in your emergency kit. This information can be invaluable for friends, family, or rescue workers who may need to care for your pets if you are not able to do so. Instructions should cover feeding, medication administration, and any special needs your pets may have.
Part 3: Keeping Your Pets Calm and Safe During a Crisis
3.1 Staying Calm
Pets can pick up on their owner’s stress and anxiety, so it’s essential to remain as calm as possible during an emergency. Take deep breaths, speak in a soothing voice, and provide gentle reassurance to your pets. Your demeanor can have a significant impact on your behavior and stress levels.
3.2 Maintaining Routine
Try to maintain your pet’s routine as much as possible during an emergency. Continue to feed and walk them at their usual times, and provide playtime or exercise if possible. Familiar routines can provide a sense of normalcy and help to reduce stress.
3.3 Safe Spaces
Create a safe space for your pets within your home or temporary shelter. This area should be free from hazards and include their bed, toys, and familiar items. Encourage your pets to stay in this space to minimize their exposure to the chaos and unfamiliar surroundings of an emergency.
3.4 Handling Fearful or Aggressive Pets
Fearful or aggressive pets can pose a risk to themselves and others during an emergency. Be cautious when approaching a frightened pet, and use a leash or carrier to maintain control if necessary. Speak calmly and reassuringly to help soothe their anxiety. If your pet is prone to aggression when stressed, consult your veterinarian to discuss possible solutions, such as medication or using a muzzle.
3.5 Monitoring Your Pet’s Health
During and after an emergency, monitor your pet’s health closely. Look for signs of stress or injury, such as excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy. If you start to notice any of the symptoms we have mentioaned or have concerns about your pet’s well-being, seek veterinary care as soon as possible.
Emergencies can be overwhelming, but being prepared is very important to ensuring the safety and well-being of your pets. By creating an emergency plan, assembling a pet-specific emergency kit, and following the tips in this guide, you can be confident that you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect your furry, feathered, or scaly family members during a crisis. Remember, preparation is essential for your safety and the safety of your beloved pets.