Podcast: Dr Patrick Mahaney on Pet Disaster Preparedness

Today’s topic is disaster preparedness for pets, something to think about as fires rage, hurricanes threaten, and earthquakes lurk.

Our monthly podcast starts with Dr Patrick Mahaney talking about disasters he has had to face in his practice followed by these questions:

  1. Adrienne: could you touch on some of the common disasters encountered in regional areas of the country and perhaps some uncommon ones that people may not think of or are aware of?
  2. Kate: I'm guessing we should have a plan in place in case of disaster for our pets... what would that plan look like?
  3. Adrienne (who has a volunteer search and rescue dog): could you outline the necessary items to be included in a disaster preparedness kit: 
    • What things you will need to care for your pet in the event of a disaster or if you
      would need to evacuate (floods, fires, hurricanes, etc.) 
    • What types of contact information and identification for the pet do you need in case
      you should become separated. 
    • Also what the length of time the kit should cover and how often it should be
  4. Katie: During Sandy, those who didn't evacuate were forced to leave their pets behind for days, some a week or more, until the barrier island reopened. While we all know having evacuated sooner could have avoided the issue, are there any suggestions on what to do in that event to
    help keep your pet safe until you can return?

 Click on the link below for the podcast.


Laura Bennett & Dr Patrick Mahaney disaster preparedness 2013

Links Mentioned:

Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster in Japan Reinforces Need for Global Pet Emergency Preparedness
Pet-Pac Survival Packs

Dr Mahaney also recommends the following items for your own pet first aid kit:

  1. Pet health information in waterproof container/bag 
  2. Vaccination (Rabies) status, list of medications, current photo, veterinarian/hospital, etc.
  3. Nylon leash attached to carabiner
  4. Surgical mask and clear eye shields- to protect your face and eyes
  5. Absorbent gauze pads and roll (can be used as tourniquet)
  6. Sterile, non-stick gauze pads
  7. Surgery/adhesive tape
  8. Bandage scissors (blunt ended) and scalpel blade
  9. Forceps (“tweezers”)-to remove pieces of foreign material (splinter, etc.), or insects (ticks, etc.) that may get lodged in the body 
  10. Tongue depressors
  11. Muzzle or cloth strip
  12. Rubber (latex) and thick leather gloves
  13. Blanket or sheet- mylar foil, cloth, etc
  14. Large and heavy-duty plastic bag
  15. Thermometer- digital, flexible, can be lubricated with antimicrobial ointment for rectal temperature determination
  16. Penlight or small flashlight- to look into the eyes to determine the pupillary light response (PLR) or looking into other cavities (mouth, etc.)
  17. Sterile water or saline/eye irrigating solution- for flushing out the eyes, nose, or a skin wound.
  18. Non-stinging antiseptic solution (like Chlorhexidine 2-4 % solution)
  19. Rubbing alcohol pads or liquid
  20. Antimicrobial ointment (bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B for bacteria +/- miconazole for yeast)- for puncture wounds, cuts, and scraped
  21. Anti-histamine tablets and ointment (Diphenhydramine HCl= Benadryl 25mg tablet or ointment)- for suspected allergic reactions, such as environmental/seasonal allergies or bees stings
  22. EpiPen Jr (Epinephrine 0.15mg)- for severe allergic reactions, such as bee stings
  23. Corn syrup, honey, or other simple sugar liquid- for suspected hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  24. A pet carrier to contain the contents of the kit in an easily transportable format

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Dr Patrick MahaneyDr. Mahaney is a veterinarian from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having been inspired by his own chronic pain from Intervertebral Disc Disease to provide accupuncture to his veterinary clients. In addition to Dr Mahaney's house call integrative veterinary medicine business, California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness, he sees patients on an in-clinic basis atVeterinary Cancer Group in Culver City, CA.

Dr Mahaney writes a veterinary column (Patrick's Blog) forwww.PatrickMahaney.com and contributes to a variety of media, including Perez Hilton's TeddyHilton.com, Fido Friendly, Veterinary Practice News, Healthy Pets and People with Dr Patrick on OutImpactRadio.com, and MSNBC Sunday with Alex Witt and Career Day. His first book, The Uncomfortable Vet, will be available in 2013 through Havenhurst Books

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