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!

Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator Featured in The Hobson

The Hobson magazine has “puppy love” with July/August 2017 issue!


Skout’s Honor Odor Eliminator was recognized as one of the best pet accessories in The Magpie section of the magazine and we are honored!

Our Odor Eliminator is a safe, biodegradable, daily-use deodorizer, perfect for pet bedding, upholstery, clothing and other porous and non-porous surfaces. It is quick and easy to use with lasting results. It also works great to get rid of ANY unpleasant odor including diaper pails, garbage cans, stinky shoes, gym clothes, sports gear and more!

View and read more of the The Hobson July/August 2017 digital edition here.

The Hobson magazine is a community magazine with style, depth of content and outstanding design. It serves the inner-eastern Auckland neighbourhoods of Parnell, Remuera, Newmarket, Meadowbank and Orakei and has the simple editorial tenet that everything should be of “local interest”.

Every Day Should Be Earth Day!

by Samantha Grant, Pet Specialty Expert & Retail Associate

dogs-earth-day
April 22nd is Earth Day – a time to celebrate the beauty of nature by bringing awareness to environmental issues and advocating for positive changes in our lifestyles, our society, and our government in order to help protect our world’s most vulnerable natural resources. Many people choose to do so by volunteering to help clean up wildlife habitats, fundraising for environmental causes, or participating in educational events. Even if you seek to be as “green” as possible in your own home, there may be an angle to eco-friendly living you might not have considered – your pet!


Chances are you already seek out the best, most natural products you can find to take care of your beloved animals, but we’ve selected five of our favorite environmentally responsible pet products to share with you in honor of Earth Day:

Lumino Pure Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth can be tricky to pronounce, but it’s easy to use! Not made of “earth” at all, DE as it’s commonly called, is the fossilized remains of tiny prehistoric aquatic plants called Diatoms. While this white substance seems soft and powdery, it’s actually made up of tiny shards sharp enough to pierce the exoskeletons of many common parasites including intestinal worms, fleas, and mites – causing them to dry out and fall off or be harmlessly excreted. Lumino brand DE is “food grade” and thus is pure enough to be safely ingested by pets, or used externally, even for animals that groom themselves or other animals in the household. The silica in DE is also known to help digestion by binding to toxins. Lumino brand DE is safe for use on all animals and is OMRI certified. Learn more about Lumino and DE at http://luminofoodgradede.com and about OMRI certified products at https://www.omri.org.

Shelley Says! Fly Away!
This safe, effective fly spray is specially formulated using all natural ingredients, including apple cider vinegar and a unique blend of essential oils. Not just for horses, Shelley Says! Fly Away! is good for use on humans, dogs, and around your kennel, dog run, or chicken coop. The owner, Shelley, felt like many of us do – she was tired of exposing her family, pets, and home to potentially hazardous chemical fly sprays and bug repellents. She took her knowledge of essential oils and started experimenting, and it wasn’t long until Shelley Says! Fly Away! Was making waves as the brand to trust. Want to try it for yourself? Check it out at https://shelley-says.com.

Skout’s Honor®
Of course Skout’s Honor holds a well-deserved place on this list. The team here at Skout’s Honor takes both environmental and social responsibility very seriously. Our products are as green as it gets! Unlike harsh synthetic chemical cleaners and mainstream deodorizers, Skout’s Honor bottles carry no dire warning labels because all of the stain and odor removing formulas are plant-derived, making them safe for use around even the most sensitive animals and humans without sacrificing cleaning power. We strive to use only environmentally responsible manufacturing processes in order to minimize impact on the earth. We also find it very important to give back to the community, and so we developed the Skout’s Paw Pledge™ – for every purchase of a Skout’s Honor product, we donate a day’s worth of meals to a shelter animal in need.

The Original Poop Bags™
“Everybody Poops” as the saying goes. Whether you walk your dog or scoop out a litter box, chances are you are in need of a bag to hold the poop when it goes in the trash. But have you ever stopped to think about just how many little bags your pup fills over the course of his or her lifetime and just how much that may impact the environment? One man did back in 2003, and so he developed the first line of compostable poop bags! Made from plant-based plastics or post-consumer recycled plastics, the Original Poop Bags company has you covered with affordable alternatives to conventional plastic pet waste bags. Find out more at www.poopbags.com.

Open Farm™
We all love our pets and want them to live full, healthy lives. Part of that comes from feeding them high quality foods. While more and more pet owners are switching to whole, raw, or freeze-dried foods, dry kibble remains the mainstay of many pet’s diets out of necessity or preference. Open Farm is a quality kibble that sources all of its meat, fish, and produce from humanely raised or ethically sourced farms and fisheries that are antibiotic, hormone, and pesticide free, and are often organically raised. Best of all, Open Farm partners with independent growers and producers in order to meet the highest standards of safety and care, while also subjecting their sources to independent, third-party organizations that certify and guarantee that their foods are indeed humanely raised. Find out more by going to www.openfarmpet.com.

Whether you celebrate Earth Day by taking your pet for a hike, or helping to clean up a beach or park, or by reevaluating how eco-friendly your pet-related purchases are, we here at Skout’s Honor want to thank you for your interest in keeping our beautiful planet healthy and safe for all.

Happy Earth Day!

Skout’s Honor Featured as a Safe Cleaning Solution in Pet Age’s “The Green Issue.”

Pet Age Safe Products

Pet Age has served the pet industry for 45 years, so we are honored to be featured as a safe and natural cleaning solution in their April 2017 issue.


The article, “Cleaning Solutions” by Eric Stenson, covers the top products that will help remove pet messes safely. He speaks with Jenny Gilcrest, Skout’s Honor’s Director of Marketing about Skout’s Honor and the growth of natural, or “green” products in the market.

Karl Gerstner, co-owner of Beowoof, an independent pet supply store in New Jersey who stocks Skout’s Honor, says, “Everyone wants something pet safe, child safe-organic, natural solutions. They want something that works really well.” Whether it be through government regulation or customer demand, natural products are on the rise in the industry and we are happy to see it!

View and read more of the Pet Age April 2017 digital edition here.

Pet Age serves the pet retail industry by delivering timely and practical news and information about the products, trends and events that impact retailers, groomers, manufacturers and other related businesses.

Pet Business Magazine & Skout’s Honor: “Staying Clean & Going Green”

“We believe that empowering our customers to give back through the opportunity to create a personal, meaningful experience of helping an individual animal, will help make the world a better place. So we created the Skout’s Paw Pledge: together with our customers, we will feed a shelter animal in need for one day with every Skout’s Honor product sold.” – Pete Stirling, VP of Customer Development for Skout’s Honor

Pet Business Magazine - July 2016
Pet Business Magazine – July 2016