Understand the needs of your pets

About "Camy", the founder of Pet Alert and author of "Guide to Pet Safety" and her quest to help pet parents increase their pet's survival during an emergency and protect their pets environment 24/7/365.
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Tips for Boarding Your Pet

by Camy Thumwood on 08/09/15

TIP #1: Choose the boarding facility wisely!

¬∑        Ask your veterinarian or a friend for recommendations of local facilities.

¬∑        Look for online reviews.

¬∑        Ask facility if they require full proof of vaccination from all animals prior to boarding.

¬∑        Ask if all animals are required to be on flea and tick preventives.

¬∑        Ask what steps are taken in the event of an emergency.

¬∑        Ask for a tour of the facility.

TIP #2: Contact your veterinarian’s office to make an appointment for your pet at least three weeks before your pet will be boarded.

¬∑        Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations.

¬∑        Make certain that heartworm, intestinal worming and flea treatments are current.

¬∑        Request a copy of your pet‚Äôs health records.

¬∑        Microchip your pet or make sure microchip information is up-to-date.

TIP #3: Before your vacation begins, compile the following to leave with your pet’s caregiver:

¬∑        Vacation contact

¬∑        Emergency contact information of local friend

¬∑        Family veterinarian‚Äôs name, address and telephone number

¬∑        Prescription information with a written explanation of dosage requirements and administration times

¬∑        Prepared food for meals in easy-to-give packages

¬∑        Pet‚Äôs favorite toys and bedding are readily available

TIP #4: Consider the alternatives (if pet is elderly, afraid of strangers or nervous in different environments).

¬∑        Arrange for a friend or relative to pet sit.

¬∑        Ask your veterinarian about products available to calm your pet during stressful situations.

¬∑        If hiring a pet sitter, be sure to interview them and check their references.

¬∑        Also make sure that both your pet and the sitter are compatible.

Camy share her thoughts on pet safety: See below -
Camy specializes in:
* Pet Safety Education & Pet Disaster Preparedness

* Learning to live with your Elderly Cat or Dog
  - Learning about their needs for comfort and quality of life.
Camy Thumwood is the founder of Pet Alert and has been an advocate for pet safety awareness and training since 1990. She has worked closely with emergency personnel, veterinarians, and animal organizations since then regarding the issues with pets during 911 emergencies situations and disasters.

Camy studied life threatening situations of pets during all types of emergencies and interviewed many concerned pet owners that had lost a pet due to a home fire and other situations. She also worked closely with many different departments (Fire, Police, Paramedics, Highway Patrol and Animal Control) to understand how they could and would use available current information to help them and the pets.

With the help of all the emergency personnel mentioned above,  Camy has designed and developed the Pet Alert Emergency Information System (kit) to help protect and provide proper information quickly and easily to first responders about all pets and animals that may be involved in a 911 incident; I.e. house fire, auto accident owners medical emergency, etc. to help make rescue possible  and quicker, plus help protect emergency personnel at the same time by providing proper information at hand 24/7. 

The Pet Alert Emergency Information System is the “original pet emergency information kit” and is NOT a sticker, but a complete emergency information system that cover the pet while at home or traveling, all in a universal format.  Warning: A window sticker is just not enough information to protect pets or their future. 

The Pet Alert Emergency Information System kit was recognized by the International Fire Chiefs Association as "a Safety/Informational Tool” for emergency personnel when pets are involved in an emergency situation because it includes all necessary information to help locate and rescue pets, while providing correct and easy access information on all pets involved, as long as the pet parent keeps the info current.

Her objective has always been to share her knowledge to help all pet parents and animal lovers in preparing for emergency situations, and by doing so avoid pet hazards and pets from dyeing.

For that reason and a standing request from Fire Chiefs to share her knowledge, she wrote the book "Guide to Pet Safety 'Saving the Entire Family' Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Reference" book.  Camy states "with her book, pet parents can save precious time when their pet’s life depends on it". The Guide to Pet Safety can teach everyone the important facts on how to protect all their beloved companion pets and animals throughout their lives, not just in emergencies.

The Guide is many years of experience and knowledge of important pet safety information and is now simplified into "one easy to use guide". The Guide to Pet Safety is supported by firefighters, veterinaries and animal shelters for pet safety training, general pet emergency information and disaster preparedness involving all types of pets, even livestock.

Camy is also the author of “HOME ALONE - The Perils That Pets Face” and has been "protecting pets like family” since 1991 and the the guiding light of the “Orange County Pet Safety Days”, a public venue in conjunction with Firefighters, Canine Officers, Animal Control, Veterinarians and the Pet Industry to provide pet safety education in California; now known as a yearly National Pet Fire Safety Day on July15th. She is an active advocate for pet safety education and pet disaster preparedness programs throughout the US and Canada and shares her experience with Emergency Management Teams for disaster readiness and pet parent preparedness.

Camy teaches fire and police departments in proper use of the Pet Alert Emergency Information System and pet safety education classes for pet owners. She is a popular guest on many pet related and news shows regarding pet safety issues. She greatly supports the need for pet safety standards throughout the pet industry.

Camy feels that pets are and should be included as part of the family unit, and that pet parents deserve the peace of mind in knowing all members of their family will be taken care of in case of an emergency, medical situation or natural disaster. She is dedicated to keep the Pet Alert Emergency Information System the most effective, easy and economical way to help people keep their pet's emergency information on hand, and all the right place for first responders. Plus to educate all pet owners how to be prepared for a pet emergency with her book the "Guide to Pet Safety".
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