Are You #PetPrepared? 5 Tips to Have Emergency Plans in Place with #BlogPaws

I am a BlogPaws Conference Sponsored Blogger on behalf of Hill’s Pet Nutrition and the BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping Promote Pet Prepared, Hill’s Disaster Relief, and Clear the Shelters but Tamara Like Camera only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Are You #PetPrepared? Here are 5 Tips to Have Emergency Plans in Place. Hill's is joining the nation-wide network of shelter partners to help encourage us to participate in National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. #BlogPaws #ad

I was actually watching a popular show about a fire emergency late last night.

In the show, the family all got out of the spreading fire, but the dad ran back in to save the family dog. As much as his family members didn’t want him to race back in, he couldn’t leave the dog behind. Similarly, I’ve been talking to my family lately about fire safety and having a plan that includes all of our pets. Right now, that’s a dog, a cat, and 11 chickens, and we care about all of them. When you make a family emergency plan, that includes ALL members of the family, like pets.

I am SO excited to be a BlogPaws Conference Sponsored Blogger. This ranks right up there with high honors for me. You all know I’m a blog lover, and an animal lover, and this is the perfect combination of both. I’m SUPER excited to learn important information, like I have been learning through Hill’s, pre-conference. When disaster strikes, pets are affected too. After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA established National Animal Disaster Preparedness day, after hundreds of thousands of pets were abandoned and displaced. Hill’s has joined for the last 5 years, with its nationwide network of shelter partners to promote awareness of NADPD and the importance of being #PetPrepared. Are you skilled at Pet Preparedness?

Hill’s and the network of shelters encourage families to prepare a Pet Emergency Go-Kit, and include pets in family emergency preparedness plans. If you have pet adoption on your radar, it’s important to factor safety in. You can view the entire Pet Emergency Go-Kit and learn more tips about disaster preparedness and safety at HillsPet.com/PetPrepared.

Here are 5 Tips to Have Emergency Plans in Place with #BlogPaws and be more #PetPrepared:

1 – Build a Pet Emergency Go-Kit and store it with the rest of your family’s emergency preparations.

2 – Have basic first aid supplies, a 3-day supply of bottled water, and the pet’s food, held in a waterproof container.

3 – Have a safety harness and leash, as well as waste clean-up supplies.

4 – Keep medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records in the kit. You should have a list of veterinarians and local pet care organizations. Also, keep a list of the pet’s feeding routine and any behavior issues.

5 – Keep comfort items, such as a blanket or favorite toy, to help keep the pet calm and comfortable.

Hill’s Disaster Relief Network responds quickly to supply free pet food to families in need when communities are hit hard by disaster. This is a first-of-its-kind network, and it was established in 2013 as an extension of Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program. And stay tuned, because I’ll be talking about that soon! In the last 5 years, Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has delivered over 280,000 pounds of free food to nearly 300 organizations across the country in response to more than 70 disasters, including floods, tornados, mudslides, and the devastating hurricanes and wildfires last year.

“Planning ahead is the best way for families to ensure that all members of their family, including pets, are ready to face an emergency,” said Joanna Fuller. She oversees Hill’s Pet Nutrition Food, Shelter & Love® program. “Creating a pet emergency go- kit beforehand can relieve some of the stress families experience and keep pets safe when disasters strike. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of cats and dogs that are hurt, displaced or abandoned when communities are impacted by disaster.” Now I’m curious to hear from my readers. Is your family #PetPrepared? If not, it’s time to start!

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5 Ways to Support Your Family’s Immune Health This Spring, and Beyond

This post is sponsored by Lifestix™. All views are 100% my own.

We were a little surprised to have such sick kids well into April. The thing is, though, it's important to support your family's immune health all year long! Here are our favorite ways to support your family's immune health this spring, and beyond! #ad

The thing is, the sick finally did get us. Even though we thought we were “safe.”

Unfortunately, viruses don’t follow the calendar and stop coming around on March 20th! In early April, my kids were hit HARD with a fever/cold virus. Des always gets viruses a bit worse than Scarlet. She had a one day lead on him, but she was back to school by the Friday before spring break. Luckily. Des needed an extra day in bed and on the couch, with popsicles, water, and lots of cuddling. I’ve felt protected for years now, since I take E.N.T. Probiotics, and this virus incident made me decide to support my kids’ immune systems and overall health with Lifestix E.N.T. Care. We love it for many reasons.

Now that it’s spring, we have new obstacles. Our beautiful garden is starting to bloom, and pollen is flying everywhere! Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and sadly, we are no exception. Lifestix E.N.T. Care is a new immune probiotic that is specific to the oral cavity – helping to support ear, nose and threat health. This makes me think of ways we can support our family’s immune health right now, and into the year. Now that I have two kids in school, and also outside around allergens, it’s more important than ever. Here are 5 ways to support your family’s health this spring, and beyond.

1 – E.N.T. Care, of course. After all, it takes care of your oral microbiome for better immunity. E.N.T. Care populates your oral cavity with good bacteria, and helps your body fight bad bugs and triggers that get you down and out. It has a delicious strawberry flavor – and trust me, I tried it myself! I had to get my kids excited to take their probiotic every day.

We were a little surprised to have such sick kids well into April. The thing is, though, it's important to support your family's immune health all year long! Here are our favorite ways to support your family's immune health this spring, and beyond! #ad

This is a probiotic different from any you’ve heard of, I bet! While many probiotics are gut probiotics, this is an oral microbiome, related to ear, nose and throat. It’s the first immune defense. Since your mouth is your body’s entry point for nutrition, and for both good and bad bacteria, E.N.T. Care helps balance the beneficial bacteria in the mouth. This also supports immune response by populating the ears, nose and throat with good bacteria.*

2 – Give a boost with those fruits and vegetables! This is totally the time of year. I don’t know about your kids, but mine are much more likely to eat the fruits and vegetables that come from our own garden and/or the local farmers market. Try to have everyone eat 4-5 servings a day, with the knowledge that serving sizes vary by age.

3 – Give your family a sleep boost. It’s the oldest trick in the book (along with drinking water), and yet many of us don’t heed the warnings. Sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to illness, several studies say.

4 – Exercise as a family. Make it a regular habit. We got into the habit of bike riding together in the school parking lot, since it’s a local flat space to start out. Scarlet regularly runs 5K’s so she likes to drag inspire us to join!

5 – Prevent the spreading of germs. Immune systems go through a lot, and the more stress you can prevent, the better. Have your kids wash their hands with soap before and after meals, after being outside, after playing with pets and other animals, after blowing their noses, after using the bathroom, and after returning home from school – or other crowded places.

We were a little surprised to have such sick kids well into April. The thing is, though, it's important to support your family's immune health all year long! Here are our favorite ways to support your family's immune health this spring, and beyond! #ad

How do you help support your family’s immune health?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product was not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.