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Disaster Strikes! Where are Your Pets?

These pups belong to the black & white dog, the grey dog is the Grandmother

If a sudden disaster were to strike, do you have a plan to get your pets out? Will you think to be aware of where they are? Your birds? Your fish? Your Lizard? How about your cat under the bed? Your small dog under the couch?

You can get stickers to put on your door to fill out with the number and kind of pets you have so rescue crews will know how many animals to look for. Ask your SPCA for them.

When Slave Lake resident Sara Toner fled her home Sunday night(May 20th) she had only enough time to grab two things: her partner Darren and their one-year old daughter Olivia.

“We were running. There was fire in the backyard, and the truck wouldn’t start,” described Toner with wide, tear-filled eyes. “We didn’t have time to even think about my cat.”

Toner was one of the first Slave Lake residents to be reunited with her pet, a calico cat named Buttons, at the makeshift animal-refugee camp outside the Edmonton Expo Centre Wednesday.

“She’s a little burned and singed, so we’re going to take her to the vet,” she said. “We’ve got two other cats out there somewhere, so we have hope now that someone will find them.”

The first batch of animals rescued from the fire-ravaged town, about 40 cats, dogs, birds and even a bearded dragon, were shaken and tired but relatively unscathed, said Edmonton Humane Society spokesperson Shawna Randolph.

The first wave of reunions began early Wednesday morning and continued throughout the day.

“This has been such a rewarding, joyful day. It’s fantastic to see these families, who have lost everything, be reunited with their pets,” said Randolph.

Like Toner, Slave Lake resident Sweetgrass Hoof, 19, was forced to flee her home without her cat, Max.

She spent the next two nights sleeping fitfully, desperately wishing she had left water or food for the animal.

“We didn’t have enough time to pack, we didn’t have any time to put out food and water for him, it was horrible,” said Hoof through a flood of tears.

Soon the Slave Lake evacuee was grinning from ear to ear, as rescue workers handed her Max, uninjured and relatively calm inside his kennel.

“I’m so, so glad they saved him, I can’t thank them enough,” she said.

In the wake of the wildfires that devastated the small town, the Edmonton Humane Society’s animal rescue team has rounded up more than 100 animals, 40 of those found wandering through the charred streets or trapped inside their owner’s homes.

According to officials, it’s very common for pet owners to be blind-sided by a disaster. But Randolph stresses the importance of a pet-emergency plan.

“People need to be more prepared. If they have an emergency kit, and an extra carrier, they can just put the animal in, grab it and go,” she said.

Thanks to heroic efforts by officials, many of the rescued animals have already been identified.

So far no animal fatalities have been reported and Toner’s cat Buttons was the only animal injured, with just minor burns.

Thanks to Dr. Andrew Jones DVM for bringing this story to our attention.

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First Aid for Pets

Pet First Aid – Bite Wounds and Abscesses

From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed

Re: Vets suck at doing this

Hey everybody! A happy Wednesday to you.

This week I am focusing on Dog and Cat emergencies. I regularly see them – and surprisingly MOST people DON’T know what to do.

And I have been wondering why…

I think that we as a profession (Veterinarians) have done a poor job at teaching clients what to do in an emergency.

Truthfully, your Vet wants you to come to their practice and spend money – there just isn’t ANY economic incentive to having dog and cat guardians to be better prepared.

SO… It’s up to you.

There are many COMMON dog and cat emergencies- in fact I see MANY that you could be treating at home, if you knew WHAT to do.

And What do you think the MOST common emergency is?



ALLERGIC reactions?

URINARY blockage in cats?

NOPE..None of the above.

Believe it or not I see a LARGE number of Dog and Cat Bite Wounds and Abscesses.

The ‘SECRET’ is dealing with the bite wound BEFORE it turns into an Abscess.

If More of you did this, you could SAVE your pet unnecessary pain and discomfort, and avoid SPENDING hundreds of dollars.
So what do I need to know?

You can get ALL the ANSWERS by going here:


Here is a snippet of What’s in my First Aid Book…


A red and possibly swollen area appears on your pet. Sometimes puncture marks are visible. There may be bleeding if blood vessels are damaged.

Lameness, if the puncture affects a leg. This is commonly seen in cats in cat fights. Abscesses are often found at the tail base of cats as they are running away and are bitten in the bum.


Your pet’s teeth are very sharp, and even small punctures can lead to abscesses. The mouth is a large cauldron of bacteria, and when your pet is bitten, these enter and multiply in a wound, becoming an abscess.


KNOW WHEN TO SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN. If your pet is very lethargic, not eating or drinking, then see your veterinarian immediately. Bacteria from abscesses can spread in the body, giving your pet septicemia (blood poisoning). If your pet has a large swelling that is not draining, then you must see your veterinarian to have it drained surgically. Abscesses that are open and draining and small bite wounds can be treated safely at home.

BARBER TIME. Trim the hair around the bite or wound. Trim large sections with scissors, and carefully use a disposable razor to trim the hair next to the skin.

KEEP IT CLEAN. If possible, put your pet in the sink or bathtub and run lukewarm tap water on the bite or abscess for 5 minutes. If your pet won’t tolerate running water, use a damp cloth or gauze sponge. Purchase an antiseptic soap, Germi-Stat, available at your local pharmacy, and wash the area well. Keep the wound clean and perform this water therapy twice daily for 5-7 days.

STAY OPEN. The most important thing you can do to prevent the bite from turning into a costly abscess is to vigorously scrub the puncture wound with a damp cloth and antiseptic soap. The puncture marks MUST stay open for at least 3 days to drain properly.
For large abscesses that are open and draining, keep them open for at least 3 days after you have thoroughly cleaned them and clipped the surrounding hair.

P.S. DON’T underestimate the power of utilizing these seemingly SIMPLE techniques. They will prevent many bite wounds from turning into abscess.Then to go even further you can use the herbal and homeopathics that I advise here:


It’s Your Pet. Heal Them At Home

Best Wishes,

Andrew Jones, DVM

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