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Keeping My Feline Friends Safe in a Disaster! Please plan ahead!
I live with lots of felines but we missed Tyler RIGHT AWAY. Besides my buddy Manny, Tyler is the LOUDEST. When he is not talking it’s too QUIET at my house!
Turns out a door was not shut tight-and Tyler is a MASTER at prying ANYTHING open.
He wasn’t out for long-about 30 minutes-but he hides REALLY well behind all our plants. We called and called him-but he did NOT listen to us! Which is WHY they say that really hard things to do are ‘like herding cats’???
This REALLY upset my Mom! So…we decided that we need to revisit the pet evacuation/disaster plan at our house.
Do you all remember the wild fires in Irvine near Portola Parkway in 2007? Lots of our neighbors here in north Irvine evacuated. It took us lots of time to find all our felines and get them in carriers! So now we have a PLAN. We are ready for fire, flood or earthquake in our house!
What to include in an evacuation kit:
- A sturdy carrier for your cat (#1 reason owners abandon their cats in a disaster is that they have no carrier on hand!)
- A five day to two week supply of food and water, medications including dosages, and the name and number of your Vet. Don’t forget the can opener or buy pull top cans.
- Litter pan and litter (disposable pans are good and easy).
- Toys, treats, food and water bowls, liquid dish soap (keeping things clean), pet first aid kit (see my blog post dated June 2013) http://irvinevetservices.com/june-news-and-views-flea-control/
- Battery powered radio
- Photo of you and your cat to prove ownership if separated.
- Medical records to include vaccines (or enroll in IVS’s pet medical records system-see our website for details).
- Handy forms: if your neighbor evacuates your pet, write a letter releasing them from responsibility if pet is injured in an evacuation, and a signed pre-authorization form for your Vet authorizing treatment (check out these form PDF’s below)
Disclaimer: These forms have not been reviewed by an attorney.
Disasters by the numbers??
Did you know that 1,253 tornados touch down in the US each year……4,000 earthquakes, mostly small happen annually….floods cost billions each year, cause many people to lose their homes and strand thousands of pets…wildfires totaled 67,800 last year. We need to be prepared!
Don’t miss the link below to a great video my IVS friend, IVS Tech Staci Lemke created on ‘making your cats LOVE their carrier’!
Love and kisses from me, Lizzie!
(Content courtesy CatWatch, from the Cornell University, Feline Health Center)
Meet the IVS Kennel Staff
Liza Lucy (Lead Kennel Attendant – University Park)
What is it you enjoy most about your job? Leading a caring, productive, warm natured kennel staff, as well as happy, healthy boarding pets!
Do you have a favorite pet who boards with us often? I have a lot, but if I had to choose– I would say Bebe. She is a Terrier mix. She gets so excited and happy when she sees everybody, she is an all-around happy dog!
Do you think it is a good idea for owners to bring toys for their pets? Not necessarily, because we provide our own toys. Unless it’s a comfort issue– say to comfort a first time boarder or puppy. The toy can help since it is familiar with the toy and it smells like home.
Tell me a great story about a pet you have taken care of. A dog that came in for a bath in really bad condition, he came in depressed, not feeling well. After the bath, you could see a change in his behavior. He was happy, it was very gratifying! That gratification is the best part of my day!
Why do you think IVS is a great place to board your pet? We provide great quality care and individualized attention to each animal.
Angie Busenburg (Kennel Attendant – University Park)
What is it you enjoy most about your job? I enjoy walking the dogs because I get one-on-one time with them outside.
Do you have a favorite pet who boards with us often? I do! Oreo, he’s a little Chihuahua. Because when you hold him he just cuddles with you, and he has a cute face!
Do you think it is a good idea for owners to bring toys for their pets? I personally don’t think so because we have our own toys, and their toys might get lost.
Why do you think IVS is a great place to board your pet? Everybody here is so loving towards the animals! We are 100% dedicated to caring for others animals and we have a great staff here. Everyone is nice, friendly, and energetic!
Laila Dowlatshahi (Kennel Attendant – University Park)
What is it you enjoy most about your job? Working with animals! The people are really nice, and I can bring my dog to work!
Do you have a favorite pet who boards with us often? I like them all!
Do you think it is a good idea for owners to bring toys for their pets? No, because we have a lot of our own toys, and their toys can go missing or get mixed up with ours.
Tell me a great story about a pet you have taken care of. The cat I have now, I rescued at 5 weeks old. The house he was staying at was abusive. He is such a cool cat! We had to nurse him, he is now 10 weeks old.
Why do you think IVS is a great place to board your pet? Because of the staff, and not just the staff, but because of the way it is run. I worked at another boarding place before, this place is so well organized, clean, and friendly. And, everyone here is an animal lover!
Jessica Johansen (Kennel Attendant – University Park)
What is it you enjoy most about your job? I would say interacting with the animals and being able to play with them! I enjoy getting to see the same dogs over and over again and building a relationship with them.
Do you have a favorite pet who boards with us often? There are so many! If I had to choose, I would have to say Toby, she is a toy poodle. Because she is elderly, blind, and so loveable, you feel like you need to take care of her. She brings out the maternal instincts in me.
Do you think it is a good idea for owners to bring toys for their pets? If it reminds them of home, and smells like home, I would. But, they can always request that we provide our own toys.
Tell me a great story about a pet you have taken care of. There is a dog named Penny, she is a service dog and comes in weekly for a bath. She is very well behaved and likes to give us kisses. Everyone gets excited when they see Penny’s name on the list!
Why do you think IVS is a great place to board your pet? I think they get lots of hands on attention– not only are they getting played with all the time, but their health is being constantly monitored, so if there is any concern with the pet, the owner is notified immediately.
Judy Cho (Kennel Attendant – University Park)
What is it you enjoy most about your job? The animals, I love dogs!
Do you have a favorite pet who boards with us often? Yes, it’s Fiona May. She is a Golden Retriever. She has light blonde fur and looks like a Disney princess! She is my favorite because she is so loving and she gives you hugs, and lets you give her hugs. She’s obedient, beautiful, and happy!
Do you think it is a good idea for owners to bring toys for their pets? No, because usually they do get lost. But if the dogs are attached to the toys they should bring them so they won’t be stressed out here.
Tell me a great story about a pet you have taken care of. Definitely has to be Fiona May! I remember one day I was walking her, she jumped up on me to give me a hug and I gave her a big hug back. It was the greatest moment!
Why do you think IVS is a great place to board your pet? It’s very high class, everything is clean, and we give pets a lot of friendly attention! We are not just your typical shelter, and all the staff here love animals a lot!
Rachel Katz (Lead Kennel Attendant – Northpark)
What is it you enjoy most about your job? The animals, I just enjoy being with animals! I grew up taking care of stray cats and dogs. I always brought them home and asked my parents if I could keep them.
Do you have a favorite pet who boards with us often? I love our groomers dog, Pancake. He stays with us from time to time. He has a good personality and he is fun to play with! He is a Pitbull, they get a bad rap, but they are one of my favorite breeds.
Do you think it is a good idea for owners to bring toys for their pets? Not really, because they end up getting lost. It’s crazy here sometimes, especially on holidays and it’s easy for them to get lost when it’s busy. We have lots of toys here for them.
Tell me a great story about a pet you have taken care of. Once in a while we are permitted to take pets up for adoption home for a night so they won’t be alone overnight. I took one home for one night and he ended up staying longer and longer. His name is Billy. They thought he maybe had a stroke, because his head was always tilted to one side. After a while he ended up getting better, and I got to keep Billy!
Why do you think IVS is a great place to board your pet? I think we all take good care of the animals. We all take the time to make sure they are all doing well. We pay attention for signs of problems, and have good communication and rapport with each other. Plus, we have really great doctors here! Overall it’s a great environment!
Darlene Jimenez (Kennel Attendant – Northpark)
What is it you enjoy most about your job? I take a lot of pride in my job — taking care of the hospital and the animals. It’s a lot of fun!
Do you have a favorite pet who boards with us often? I have a few– it’s hard to choose! I would say Opie, he’s a Doxie. He’s a good boy and gets a lot of love from everybody!
Do you think it is a good idea for owners to bring toys for their pets? It’s good if they have their own toys, but we don’t recommend it, because it’s easy for them to get lost.
Tell me a great story about a pet you have taken care of. I treat them all the same, I give them a lot of love and treat them like they’re my own.
Why do you think IVS is a great place to board your pet? The pets come first always! The runs are bigger, its cleaner here, and everybody here is about the animals. We love them all and give them love all the time!
Krissy Shaw (Kennel Attendant – Northpark)
What is it you enjoy most about your job? The dogs, the puppies! I love dogs!
Why do you think IVS is a great place to board your pet? Because I’m here! And, they take very good care of the animals here. We walk and feed them and we like having them here!
We invite you to watch this video introducing our amazing Kennel Staff!
Pet Boarding at IVS
Summer is in full swing and many people are wondering what to do with their pet while they are away on summer vacation. Choosing a provider for your pet is a very important decision, and making sure that the care provider will give your pet the quality love and attention they deserve is even more so. At Irvine Veterinary Services we strive to give your pet the very best quality care possible. While here, your pet is provided with individualized love and attention throughout the day, as well as continual monitoring by trained veterinary staff. At IVS your pet will be provided with a safe, comfortable, and caring environment where they will be treated as one of our own.
Find out more about our boarding services by clicking on the link below.
General Guideline for Preparing Your Pet for an Emergency
At some point most of us have thought about preparing for emergency situations or natural disasters. Over the past few years we have seen an increase in major disasters. In some cases, disaster-relief hasn’t always been readily available, and people have found themselves without aid for days or even weeks.
Often when we are planning for emergency situations we think about our children, our spouses, or loved ones but we may not always think of our pets. It is important to have a plan as pets often get left behind due to inadequate planning. Consider these tips on how best to prepare a pet disaster plan:
- Most evacuation shelters won’t accept pets (other than service animals). Create a list of veterinarians, boarding facilities, pet friendly hotels, and local animal shelters that provide emergency boarding for animals.
- Make sure your pet is wearing up-to-date identification at all times. Consider including the phone number of a friend or relative from outside of your immediate area.
- Get to know your neighbors. Often we may not be home during an emergency situation, so it is a good idea to find a neighbor you trust to help out in case of an emergency. Give your pets time with your neighbor to be familiar with them and let your neighbor know where they can find your emergency supplies in case they have to evacuate your pets for you. And of course, don’t forget to give them a key!
- Keep all food and medications near each other, so that in case of emergency both can be easily collected and neither will get left behind.
- If you are unable to leave your home during a disaster, keep your dogs on leash and cats in carriers. Don’t allow your pets to roam loose as familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, making your pet at risk of getting lost.
For cats it is especially important to prepare them for a disaster by getting them comfortable with their carriers. Often cats will run away from their carriers when they are presented to them. This is a common reason cats get left behind in a disaster.
Please click on the link below
to find out more about how to teach your cat to love it’s carrier.
Emergency Supply Checklist For Your Pet
- Medications and Medical Records kept in a waterproof container
- Pet first aid kit and pet first aid book
- Leashes, harnesses, and/or pet carriers
- Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
- Food, water, and bowls (tap water may be contaminated)
- Water purification tablets for if/when bottled water runs out
- Litter and a litter box for your cat – a disposable litter box may work best
- A written feeding schedule, list of medical conditions, behavioral problems, and the name and contact information for your vet in case you have to board your animal
- Pet beds and toys if easy to travel with
- Grooming items
- Bleach or other cleaning product, paper towels, and trash bags
Currently at IVS – University Park, we have a very lovable kitty who goes by the name of Moo Cat. Moo cat is about 6-years-old, and is very gentle and loving. He can be talkative and playful, but he is a very mellow kitty, and is so very sweet!
Moo Cat has been diagnosed with FIV, so he needs to go to a home where he is the only cat (dogs okay).
For more information on him, please check out our posting on Facebook.