August 28th, 2008 19:44 EST
Top Tips For Preparing Your Dog for Hurricane Season
If you`ve ever gone through a hurricane evacuation you know firsthand how stressful and frightening it can be. In addition to the stress of leaving your home and traveling some place safe, the fear of what may happen is what makes for an unbelievably traumatic event, not only for you, but for your four-legged family members, as well. Professional dog trainer of 23 years, Kathy Santo, offers tips to make the transition smoother for you and your dog.
Having lived in South Florida for more than 10 years, and having weathered Hurricane Andrew, these are the tips that I followed to keep the stress of my canine family members at a minimum:
1. Have a Pet Survival Kit Packed and Ready
This includes a two-week supply of dry food and medication (if needed), water, bags to pick up after your dog, and cleaning supplies in case of an accident! Be sure to include leashes, bowls, your dog`s favorite blanket and toys, a waterproof-sealed (laminated) picture of your pet (if your dog gets lost you can make copies for a flyer), up-to-date medical records, photo-copy of all tags, microchip information, and a list of emergency phone numbers (vet, local animal shelters that will house dogs in an emergency, and friends of relatives.)
2. BEFORE a hurricane threatens, research which hotels in and out of your area will accept pets. Store this information in or near your Pet Survival Kit.
3. Make sure your dog has all the necessary training to be a well-behaved companion. A solid Come ?, Stay ? and Heel ? command are essential for keeping your dog safe in unfamiliar circumstances.
4. Now is the time to teach your dog that it`s fun to travel and visit strange new places. A dog who`s used to adventures will be far less stressed than one who never leaves his home or yard except for yearly vet visits! ?
In addition, the Kathy Santo Everyday Pets ( www.kathysanto.com) all-natural and organic behavioral aids for dogs` are a must-have inclusion in every dog owners` pet survival kit! Relieve De Stress has been specifically formulated to relieve stress and anxiety related to severe storms, traveling and unfamiliar surroundings such as hotel rooms or shelters. Relieve De Stress, made of aloe vera, organic relaxing herbs St. John Wort & Valerian, imported essential oils including lavender, chamomile, ginger and rosemary extract, is an all-natural and safe alternative to veterinarian prescribed tranquilizers. Ease the Quease was specifically formulated with ginger root, peppermint leaf and essential oils to safely ease any form of motion sickness your dog may experience during travel. The entire Everyday Pets collection is made with certified organic herbs.
According to National Geographic News, four major hurricanes, including one with a good chance of hitting the United States will form in the Atlantic during this hurricane season. Hurricane forecasters at Colorado State University (CSU) predict a well above average ? 2008 hurricane season, with 15 named tropical storms gathering between June 1 and November 30.
Interested media are encouraged to arrange an interview with Kathy Santo, founder of Kathy Santo Everyday Pets, author, magazine columnist, and a regular on the Martha Stewart Show, by calling (772) 633-8337. For those wanting to learn more about the entire product line made of essential oils and certified organic herbs may do so online at www.kathysanto.com.
About Kathy Santo Everyday Pets
Founded by Kathy Santo, a professional dog trainer with over 20 years of experience, Kathy Santo Everyday Pets products combine Kathy`s holistic lifestyle and unique training method into a line of effective behavior aids. The company is committed to help pet owners replace their chemically laden products with all-organic products, and to keep dogs with their families and out of shelters. For more information on Kathy Santo Everyday Pets and its pet care line, please visit www.kathysanto.com.