Skout’s Honor Named WINNER of Pet Business Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award!

We’re thrilled to announce that Skout’s Honor’s Toy & Bowl Cleaner has been selected as the WINNER of Pet Business Magazine’s 2018 Editor’s Choice Award!

Skout’s Honor WINS for Toy & Bowl Cleaner

This food-grade, preservative-free and fragrance-free cleaner offers a safer way to clean the slime and grime off of your pet’s favorite toys, food dishes and water bowls.  Made with naturally-derived ingredients including fruit & coconut sugars and natural hickory bark extract, you’ll never have to worry about your pet ingesting the toxic residue left behind by other cleaners (like dish soap or laundry/dishwasher detergents).

This product works great on rubber, neoprene, plush, ceramic, stainless steel and other water-safe surfaces.  Added bonus: try it on wine glasses or kids’ bottles/pacifiers and toys for a smarter and safer clean!

Check out our Toy & Bowl VIDEO!

Incredible results using our Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer!

Don’t take our word for it…check out this latest testimonial we received from a customer who used our Probiotic Daily-use Deodorizer to treat a serious skin allergy/hotspot problem.  Bow to the WOW!

Our Probiotic Skin Care for pets is the first and ONLY grooming line designed to stop problems before they start…but we’re also hearing some amazing stories from our retail partners and pet parents about its ability to treat and speed up the healing process for a variety of skin issues.

Natural solution to treating hotspots, itching, odor, shedding, inflammation & infection!

Your competitive advantage: Topical Probiotics!

Discover the unique Competitive Advantage of using Topical Probiotics on your pet, and why our NEW Probiotic Grooming line is better than the current alternative ‘natural’ skin & coat treatments…

Skout’s Honor Topical Probiotics – support the good bacteria that naturally calm inflammation and prevent bad bacteria from taking over. No known side effects. Safe for use on all animals. An active approach designed to correct the underlying cause of the most common grooming related ailments, including excessive shedding, itching, dryness, hot-spots, odor and infection. Helps breaks the cycle of treat-and-repeat.

Current Alternative Treatments:

Enzyme Treatments – kill the source of infection on dog or cat’s skin. Effectively wipes the slate clean, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat.  Promotes imbalance.

Colloidal Oatmeal – create a physical barrier to soothe and protect itchy skin. Passive replacement for damaged or missing skin biome. Only works when present. Does not treat the underlying cause of bacterial imbalance. Can be an allergen. Creates a cycle of treat-and-repeat.

Alpha Hydroxys – remove the top layers of dead skin cells. Eliminate the skin’s natural protective barrier, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat. Can cause mild skin irritation, redness, swelling, itching and skin discoloration. Promotes imbalance.

Corticosteroids and Antifungal Cream – treatment of symptomatic inflammatory yeast infection. Kills fungus and reduces inflammation. Potentially fatal if swallowed. Kills yeast, disrupts biome, leaving the door open to opportunistic pathogens and creating a cycle of treat-and-repeat. Promotes imbalance.

NOTE: Topical probiotics can be used in conjunction with an enzyme or other anti-fungal treatment as a therapeutic remedy to help restore the natural biome and break the cycle of treat-and-repeat.

How Topical Probiotics Can Improve the Health of Your Pet’s Skin and Coat

By Liz Hanson, Veterinarian (DVM)

Probiotics are commonly thought of as an oral supplement used to help maintain a healthier digestive tract, however, current research is finding that regular topical probiotic use can prove beneficial to healthier skin as well. One of the most common skin conditions in our pets is skin allergies with secondary pyoderma (bacterial skin infection). Researchers are now seeing how the “healthy” bacteria applied topically with products such as Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo and conditioners may benefit these skin conditions.

In pets with pyoderma, bacteria on the skin triggers the immune system to react by creating an itchy, inflamed, bumpy skin rash. Probiotics applied topically can help prevent the itchy skin rash from forming by blocking skin cells from recognizing the bad bacteria. In addition, topical probiotics could also contribute to killing the bad bacteria with its antimicrobial properties. Lastly, other research has shown that probiotics can help reduce the sensitivity of skin cells to signal the immune system’s reaction towards the bad bacteria.

Those pets bathed with the Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo and conditioner have already shown positive results! Some of Dr. Hanson’s clients have used the Honeysuckle, Lavender and Unscented probiotic shampoo and conditioner to maintain the health of their pet’s skin. There has been overwhelming positive feedback on the cleanliness, smell and soft feel of their pet’s coat and skin. Those clients who have dogs diagnosed with skin allergies have also seen less pyoderma flare ups with weekly use of the probiotic shampoo.

Skout’s Honor Testimonials:

“My 2 year old chocolate lab mix has been treated off and on for pyoderma and skin allergies for the past 6 months. Dr. Hanson told me about a new honeysuckle scented probiotic shampoo by Skout’s Honor and I have been using it weekly on my Labrador. His coat condition has remained free from pyoderma and is less itchy. He also has a healthy sheen and super fluffy coat. I love the smell of the shampoo after he is bathed and how soft his coat is now.” Amy Directo – client of CDM Animal Hospital

“I have worked as a groomer at CDM Animal Hospital for 20+ years and feel the dogs and cats bathed with Skout’s Honor shampoo and conditioner have a much softer and cleaner coat. I have used the unscented shampoo on those dogs with sensitive skin and have seen great results with no allergic reactions. For those long haired dogs and cats such as the Maltese, Bichon, Persian and Himalayans who come in for grooming, using the detangler has made my job much easier!”  – Nellie de Leon, Groomer at Corona Del Mar (CDM) Animal Hospital

“I love the smell of the honeysuckle scented shampoo and have seen much less shedding.”  Shannon Duss – client of CDM Animal Hospital
 
“I have allergies to most smells from topical pet products and the unscented shampoo from Skout’s Honor is now my favorite!  It lathers well and my Shih Tzu always feels clean and happy.  She runs around the house feeling like a million bucks after her bath!”  Liz Sabori – client of CDM Animal Hospital
 
“My cat, Yukon’s coat has shed less and feels softer since using the Lavender Probiotic shampoo.  I would buy this again!” Lauren Henry, Receptionist at CDM Animal Hospital

5 Natural Remedies to Keep Your Pet’s Coat and Skin Healthy

1. Fish and Sweet Potato Diet

Feeding a fish-based diet will provide a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids which has anti-inflammatory properties for the skin. This type of diet may also help those with food allergy based skin conditions. It’s recommended to try the diet for 6 weeks before assessing if it is benefiting your dog’s skin. For those dogs and cats with suspected food allergies, a dietary food trial can help eliminate those foods that trigger skin allergies.

2. Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acids

Giving your pet Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can help reduce inflammation and itchiness to their skin which will promote a healthier, shiny coat. Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid found in corn, soy, flaxseed, and other nuts. Omega-6 fatty acids help pets with dry, flaky skin. Dandruff, thin and discolored hair, and increased shedding are all associated with low linoleic acid levels in the skin and diet. These fatty acid supplements can be found in capsule and liquid form as an additive to your pet’s diet.

3. Probiotic Shampoo and Conditioners

Weekly baths with probiotic shampoo and conditoners such as Skout’s Honor probiotic shampoo products can help maintain the health of your pet’s skin and luster of their coat. Using a probiotic shampoo has shown benefits to help prevent infection, combat hot spots, rehydrate dry skin, naturally deodorizes, and prevents matting and excessive shedding. Probiotic shampoo and conditioners is on the forefront of a natural way to help restore the health of your pet’s skin and maintain the luster and sheen of their coat.

4. Monthly Flea Control

If more conventional flea products such as Comfortis, Simparica, Revolution, etc. are not used, external applications of coconut oil high in lauric acid and diluted essential oils have shown some benefit. Using a daily flea comb in combination with weekly baths with shampoos such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Shampoo is also a natural alternative for flea control. However, heavier flea infestations may need environmental and flea medicine treatment.

5. Regular Grooming

Weekly brushing helps to keep your pet’s coat free of mats, burrs, and tangles and their skin free of fleas and ticks. With regular brushing, it will alert you if your pet needs treatment for fleas and ticks. If your pet has a heavier amount of mats and tangles, clipping their coat and removing their mats by a professional groomer may be necessary. Using a detangler, such as Skout’s Honor Probiotic Detangler will also help remove the mats and minimize your pet’s discomfort during grooming. Additional benefits of regular brushing are reducing the amount of shedding in your home and serving as special time for you and your pet to bond. Lastly, with weekly brushing, pet owners will also be able to find lumps, injuries, rashes, and painful mats that may otherwise be missed. In fact, early detection of finding potential cancerous growths could help save your pet’s life!

How to Clean Up After Your New Dog, The Skout’s Honor Way!

Skout’s Honor knows that welcoming a new member of the family can be a challenging feat. When a new baby comes home, parents spend hours ‘nesting’ – decorating the nursery, washing linens and clothing, sanitizing bottles, vacuuming and safety-proofing various areas from room to room.

The same thing also happens when there’s a new puppy or adopted dog in the house! You pup-proof everything, making sure he or she doesn’t have access to dangerous TV & lamp cords, chemicals, valuables that could become chew toys, etc. You also spend time blocking off areas with nice furniture and rugs, to prevent marking incidents and expensive accidents from happening. They will potty-train in time, but what if it takes longer than you imagined it would? Here is a rundown of puppy cleaning essentials to have in your arsenal from Skout’s Honor, so that your new ‘fur’ baby will feel welcomed – and you’ll still feel at home, too!

Skout’s Honor Puppy Essentials

Skout’s Honor Urine Destroyer & Carpet Pad Penetrator

Got pee problems?  We’ve got the answer. Ideal for carpets, upholstery and porous or water-safe surfaces, our Urine Destroyer attacks the worst stains and eliminates them for good!  And when you’re dealing with dried, old stubborn urine stains that have made their way into carpet padding below the surface, you don’t just need a cleaner – you need a penetrator. No stain stands a chance with the Skout’s Honor Urine Destroyer/Carpet Pad Penetrator! Don’t take our word for it…click HERE for customer reviews on this potty-training essential!

Skout’s Honor Urine Destroyer & Carpet Pad Penetrator

Skout’s Honor Stain and Odor Remover

You’ll thank us later.  Our everyday, all-purpose stain and odor remover that truly works on everything – and gets the job done fast. From those occasional muddy paws on the furniture and severe pet messes that require serious attention, to grease and even wine stains! Let us handle the dirty work so you can get back to living and loving your pet. Find out why our customers love this one HERE.

Skout’s Honor Stain & Odor Remover

Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator

Love stinks (but it doesn’t have to)!  We know you love your pets, but they sure do create some awful odors at times.  Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator instantly destroys odor molecules on contact, so they never come back. Spray on dog beds, furniture, car seats…and try on other stinky household areas like the bathroom, trash can, diaper pail, etc.  Find out why our customers call this product “Magic in a bottle”!

Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator

Skout’s Honor Patio Cleaner and Deodorizer

Keep the great outdoors smelling great! Our Patio Cleaner & Deodorizer is perfect for freshening up your outdoor living spaces and preventing those unpleasant, lingering stains and odors from ruining your next backyard party.  Spray on concrete, stone, astro turf and other water-safe surfaces to quickly rinse away nasty smells and get back to enjoying the day.

Skout’s Honor Patio Cleaner & Deodorizer

Skout’s Honor Carpet Machine Solution

What stain?  This is what you’ll be asking yourself after super-charging your carpet cleaner with our professional-strength Carpet Machine Solution. Simply pour the product into your machine’s water tank for a whole new level of deep cleaning & deodorizing.

Skout’s Honor Carpet Machine Solution

Put simply, if you have Skout’s Honor’s cleaning products on hand, you will be prepared for whatever pet mess comes your way!  Shop all of our cleaning products HERE – or search our RETAIL LOCATOR to find a pet specialty retailer near you who carries Skout’s Honor!

Skout’s Honor Better, Faster, Stronger plant-powered cleaning products

Even dogs have dirty laundry…

Do you sleep with your pets?  If you do, you’re not alone.  Co-sleeping with your dog or cat has now become more than a normal routine for pet parents in this country.

In fact, a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, found that nearly half of all dogs sleep in their owner’s beds.  Broken down further — that’s 62% of small dogs, 41% of medium-sized dogs and 32% of large dogs that sleep with their owners.  And that’s nothing compared to the 63% of cats who sleep in their parents’ bed!

Whether you side with the experts who say sleeping with a pet is good for your mental and emotional health and perfectly OK, or you prefer to have your pet sleep in their own bed, the reality is that our dogs and cats live right along side us, up close and personal.

Our pets living alongside us (in our homes, in our cars, on our furniture, in our beds!) means that our lives are surrounded with the wonderful companionship of those sweet animals, but it also means we will be regularly surrounded in some not-so-wonderful things, like muddy paws, pet hair, stinky odors, urine stains, etc.

At Skout’s Honor, we get excited about creating Better, Faster and Stronger products to support pet parents in their quest to keep things fresh and clean.  One of our latest additions to the Skout’s Honor product family is our LAUNDRY BOOSTER – a Stain & Odor Removal Additive that can be used to supplement your regular laundry loads.  Whether it’s their own blankets, bedding, towels (or yours!), this extra-strength 3X concentrated solution provides the necessary boost to clean even the most “doggy” or “catty” laundry when combined with your everyday detergent.  Available in a 32oz pour spout, simply add our laundry booster to the bleach or fabric softener reservoir.

Bonus use: Got more than just fur babies in your life?  Our Laundry Booster works wonders to remove kid-related stains & odors like food, urine, vomit and more.  Calling all potty-training parents…this is a must-have for your cleaning arsenal!

Happier Bacteria = A Happier Pet!

The next big thing in skin care is finally HERE: Skout’s Honor’s NEW Probiotic Skin Care line for pets!  Pet parents, it’s time to “up” your animal’s grooming game…

The skin is the largest organ in the body. That statement is true for human, canine and feline. However, it isn’t as good at protecting us as we once thought, due to all sorts of environmental factors that can disrupt the skin’s natural balance.  Luckily, the skin has friends…lots of them.  Skin health is the result of a symbiotic relationship between the skin and the trillions of beneficial bacteria that call it home. When left in its natural state and perfect balance, the skin has the potential to provide all the protection we need against the most common ailments.

Unfortunately, daily life in an industrialized society and the products we use to groom our furry friends often disrupt the natural balance of their skin’s biome and can leave the animal susceptible to opportunistic pathogenic bacteria and an immune system that over reacts – often leading to excessive shedding, itching, dryness, hot spots and odor.

Medications can provide relief from the effects of a pet’s disrupted skin biome, but do nothing to help the cause, often leaving the animal in a vicious cycle of treat-and-repeat. The only true product solution to the problem of an unnatural imbalance is to bring the skin’s biome back to its natural state, in a safe and scientifically-proven way: the use of topical probiotics!

Topical probiotics are not designed to treat, cure or prevent any of the ailments listed above. They do not clean the coat or the skin. Instead, they work to rejuvenate, support and maintain the bacteria naturally found on the skin and allow these trillions of “good guys” to do what they do best: protect their home from the environmental damage and inflammation that causes skin and coat issues.

Think of it this way: Happier Bacteria = A Happier Pet! 

Here is a great example/testimonial of how the use of Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Skin Care line can do wonders for your pet’s skin:

“We have tried everything from Vet-prescribed medications, to a variety of other over-the-counter products, and this is the ONLY thing that has worked to clear up my dog’s ongoing skin problem. The time frame for this before/after was less than a week. I love it!!!” – Jennifer Hively, pet parent

Photos of Jennifer’s French Bulldog, before and after one week of using Skout’s Honor Probiotic Pet Shampoo & Probiotic Daily-Use Deodorizer to treat a recurring skin problem from a blocked sweat gland/inflammation.

 

 

What the Skunk?!

Skout’s Honor Skunk Odor Eliminator

 

OOOH, that smell!!  Any pet owner who has had the [unwelcome] honor of dealing with a skunked animal knows that it can be one of the worst experiences for you and your pet. So with skunk season now upon us (February through March)…are you prepared if and when “Skunk” happens to you?

Mid-February is the prime mating season for striped, hog-nosed, and hooded skunks, which is why their signature smell is so common around this time of year. Used as a defense mechanism, skunks spray each other when competing for a mate, or when unreceptive to courting attempts.  Oftentimes, curious dogs or cats find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, and end up being the recipient of a skunk’s spray — and that’s when things can get crazy.  Cleaning up a skunked animal is one thing, but once that skunked animal runs into your house and rolls around on the carpets, flooring and furniture to rid themselves of the odor, you’ve got a much bigger problem to deal with.

The age-old method of bathing your animal in tomato juice to soak out the odor may still work for some, but for most it’s not a realistic solution.  Luckily, products like Skout’s Honor’s NEW Skunk Odor Eliminator can help knock out odors quickly and effectively to provide relief for both you and your pet.  This special, award-winning formula breaks down and destroys skunk spray and odor molecules on contact and is safe to use on both skunked animals & surfaces!

More Skunk Facts:

  • Skunks are cat-sized or smaller; all of the five species found throughout North America can be identified by their distinctive black and white coloration of either stripes or spots.
  • Skunks are extremely nearsighted, yet have a very fine-tuned sense of smell.
  • Skunks are solitary, except when raising young or sharing a den for warmth.
  • Striped skunks, hog-nosed, and hooded skunks breed in February and March and the babies are born in May and June. Spotted skunks breed either later in the spring, in early summer, or in the fall — as is the case with western spotted skunks.
  • Skunks den in natural cavities like woodchuck burrows, hollow logs, and brush piles, as well as crevices in stone walls and under buildings.
  • A den is used only for brief periods because skunks are nomadic.
  • Once classified as members of the family that includes weasels, martens, and badgers, skunks are now placed in a family of their own.
  • Skunks can be active all year but will remain in dens during cold spells.
  • Skunks often tumble into window wells and are not able to climb out due to their nearsightedness and poor climbing ability. If a skunk is stuck in a window well, it is very easy to help them out.
  • Skunks follow their noses, so if a garage door is open, a skunk will likely amble in. If the skunk enters the garage, The HSUS recommends leaving a garage door open at night and sprinkling flour along the bottom of it so you can see exiting tracks.

*Reposted content from Humane Society

Skin Care for Pets?

Laura Nativo, pet expert & her fury baby Delilah
Skout’s Honor Probiotic Skin Care for Pets!

You heard us right. Skin Care for Pets is here, thanks to the ALL NEW Probiotic Skin Care/Grooming line from Skout’s Honor.  Finally, pet parents everywhere are realizing that keeping their pets’ skin and coat healthy is a must for ensuring their overall wellness.  

When the American Academy of Dermatology calls topical probiotics “one of the new beauty breakthroughs…” and companies like CliniqueColumbiaAndalou and Pacifica start to include it in their products, you listen. If you are a pet parent trying to do what’s best for your fur family, you wonder if that applies to them too. The good news is: YES!

Why do Probiotics matter for pets’ skin?

The skin is home to trillions of bacteria, some good and some bad. The good bacteria serve as the first line of defense against the environmental damage and inflammation commonly associated with excessive shedding, itching, dryness, infection and odor. Unfortunately, that environmental damage, commonly caused by over grooming, a dip in the pool, heat, wind, an over-sanitized environment and pretty much everything else a pup faces on a day-to-day basis also disrupts the natural environment on the skin (also known as the biome) and leaves our loved ones open to all of the ailments mentioned above. Ailments that, if the skin were left in its natural state, would not be an issue.

These problems are currently dealt with passively. Grooming products utilize everything from oatmeal to essential oils to deal with the negative effects of a disrupted biome but have done nothing to help revive and support the skin’s natural protective layer. Until now. Topical probiotics provide a scientifically-proven natural active solution for supporting and maintaining the skin’s natural ability to defend against and repair the damage associated with excessive shedding, itching, dryness, infection and odor.

When applied to the skin, probiotics make it difficult for harmful bacteria to take over and allow the good bacteria to flourish. This allows them to block-out opportunistic pathogenic bacteria and naturally calm the immune system. The result, a noticeably healthier-looking skin and coat in 2-4 weeks and the immediate gratification of knowing that your dog’s natural defenses are being supported in an effective and natural way!

More on Skout’s Honor’s Probiotic Skin Care for Pets

Additional information about the groundbreaking trend of Topical Probiotics in Beauty Products:

7.3.17 Happi.com “Probiotics Play a Key Role in Maintaining Skin Health”

http://www.happi.com/issues/2017-07-01/view_anti-aging–cosmeceutical_corner/probiotics-play-a-key-role-in-maintaining-skin-health/

8.8.16 Dermatology Times “Are Skincare Products with Probiotics Worth the Hype?”

http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/skincare-products-probiotics

3.10.16 Elle.com “Why You Should Put Yogurt on Your Face” 

http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a33771/probiotic-skincare/?src=social-email

5.1.16 Allure “You Should Probably Start Using SkinCare Products with Probiotics in Them”

https://www.allure.com/story/probiotics-skin-care

 

 

 

Being Prepared When a Disaster Strikes

by Samantha Grant, Pet Specialty Expert & Retail Associate

I have been planning this blog post for a little while, because late summer and early fall is “fire season” here in southern California, but with Hurricane Harvey devastating Texas and the southern region, the time to discuss tips and strategies for disaster preparedness is especially relevant. I’ve personally had to evacuate due to wildfires four or five times throughout my life, several times with livestock in addition to our family’s house pets. Dealing with disaster is never easy, and the challenges of surviving a major event with your animals presents some unique problems.

 

The first thing to keep in mind is that if you are not prepared to take care of yourself and your human family members first, you will likely be unable to do much for your animals. I keep emergency kits in my vehicles (car, truck and horse trailer) as well as in the house. My mobile kits include three days worth of non-perishable food and water for one person, a blanket, a spare change of clothes including underwear, close-toed shoes, a basic first aid kit, and a few tools (utility knife, screwdrivers, flashlight with spare batteries, jumper cables, etc.).  Yes, these items take up a fair amount of space, but they’ve come in handy in emergencies more than once. The home-based kit is a little more extensive and I keep 2 weeks worth of bottled water, canned and dry goods that I rotate throughout the year. In a pinch, many canned meats and vegetables can be fed to your pets as well.

Secondly, I keep emergency items for every animal in the household. Just as I rotate canned and dry goods for the humans in our home, I do the same for our animals. As a minimum, I keep a three-day supply of food at all times. This rule has come in handy even under mundane circumstances, such as when I was sick and couldn’t make it to the pet store, or when a vehicle was at the mechanic for longer than anticipated. When there is a sale on canned pet foods, which typically have a shelf life of 2-5 years, I will often buy a case. Even if you typically only feed dry kibble, keeping canned pet food on hand is a must. In an emergency, the moisture content of canned pet foods can keep your pet hydrated so you don’t have to dip as deeply into your own emergency water supply.

In addition, I keep easily accessible travel crates, or spare collars and leashes for each animal in the house, depending on what is species-appropriate. Each of these emergency items has a tag with my contact information on it, as well as anything critical to the animal’s well being, such as necessary medications or allergies. It is important to have these items in an easily accessible location in your home, garage, or vehicle.

You will also want to have a pet first-aid kit. While you can purchase pre-made first aid kits for animals, you may choose to put together your own, more complete version. If your pet requires any sort of important medication be sure to ask your veterinarian for an extra refill of that prescription to keep in your first-aid kit. Again, be sure to rotate those medications so that they are not expired when your pet may need them most.

Third, have a detailed, written plan for your family. In the event of a major disaster, having a clear plan is crucial. If a spouse, roommate, or neighbor knows where to find your family’s emergency plan, he or she will be able to determine where to go or what to do under different circumstances if they can’t immediately reach you. For instance, in case of a wildfire requiring evacuation, our county offers temporary stalls for livestock at the fairgrounds, and small animals that cannot be with their owners for whatever reason can be tagged and housed at the county animal shelter until evacuation orders are lifted. I keep a binder that has photos of each of our animals, photocopies of important paperwork (vaccination records, registration papers, microchip numbers, and so on) all sealed in plastic. In the front of the binder is a list of important phone numbers and addresses, such as veterinarians I use, the local animal shelter, and out-of-state family members.

These days, most people rely on their smartphones to remember these kinds of things, but in the case of a natural disaster, fire or flood may damage your technology, and having an old-fashioned “hard copy” is well worth the effort. Perhaps more importantly, if you are caught away from home when disaster strikes, a friend or first responder who goes to pick up or take care of your animals will better be able to help your pets if he or she knows where to take them or who to call.

Bottom line: keep yourselves and your pets safe by staying prepared!

Pro tip: most canned goods that have been properly stored
are safe to consume for 6-12 months past their expiration date.


Check out this article about the shelf life of canned goods for more information!