The Edmond Sun


June 11, 2012

Be prepared to make pet emergencies easier

EDMOND — Our pets these days are like members of the family and too many people in Oklahoma and the nation have experienced everything from very heavy rains to hail, tornadoes and just plain strong winds that have impacted them.

Though most of us feel being prepared for these devastating weather episodes is important, only a few take the time to actually do so. Of course, the key to survival for both us and our pets during a disaster is to be prepared.

Put together an emergency preparedness kit for everyone in the family, including all pets. The kit should contain enough medications, water and food for everyone for at least three days. A combination water bottle and serving dish is available at pet stores and is ideal to furnish water for pets.  Bottled water can be used by family members and pets alike.

Include any medications that might be needed for anyone during this stressful time. A diabetic pet will need insulin to be kept cold and needles and syringes for administration. Keep a small refrigerated bag such as a lunch box ready with syringes. At the last minute, an icepack and insulin or other meds can be dropped in to take with you.

Keep your pets up to date on vaccinations and have them microchipped.  Microchipping is the only form of identification that will stay with the pet no matter what. Collars with tags are good, but should they be taken off of the pet by accident or purpose, they can be lost as a form of ID. This adds a certain level of safe return should you be separated for any reason.  Obtain or make a Rescue Alert sticker to put on front and back doors to let rescue personnel know pets may be inside.

Prepare cages and leashes with harnesses in a designated area so pets can be quickly caged for transport. If a pet is on a special diet, place a three-day supply in a sealed container inside or near the cages so everything is “grab and go.” Try never to leave pets behind if at all possible.

Have frequent family meetings and involve everyone in the planning, gathering and maintenance of the preparedness kit or area. If medications, diets or other things change with time, be sure to include the new item(s) in the kit.

As a backup ask a neighbor, friend or other relative to check on your family and pets should an emergency happen. You might consider giving them a key to the house. Having current pictures of pets and family members can be helpful in a worse-case scenario. Try to have copies of pet health records showing current vaccinations should they ultimately have to go to a kennel or care facility for a period of time following a disaster.

Visit the ASPCA, American Red Cross, and the Humane Society of the United States web sites to review suggestions for preparedness or call 1-800-BE-READY to receive a free copy of a preparedness brochure.

Do your homework sooner than later. Set up a preparedness center ahead of time and any form of disaster can be made so much easier.

DR. M. MARGARET KING, a longtime Edmond veterinarian, is a guest columnist. If you have any questions for her, email them to

Text Only
  • peach formatted.jpg Hard year for peaches doesn’t dampen summer tradition  

    A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they’ve come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
    Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.
    Like the aging water tower, Porter’s peach industry isn’t as vibrant as it once was.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Final step to train toddler with baby on way

    Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of pee. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am 8 months pregnant and don't relish the idea of waking up several times a night to take her to the bathroom and tending to a newborn as well. I would prefer to continue using diapers until she is old enough to get out of bed and take herself to the potty (even a potty in her room). Is this unrealistic? Or should I just deal with the extra night wakings and start taking her to the potty a few times a night now? If not, how do I keep her diaper on at night?

    July 25, 2014

  • Living Smart: How landscaping can deter intruders, pests

    Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural.
    Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s List members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome mats to burglars. Keep plants and trees trimmed. Place thorny but attractive bougainvillea or barberry bushes under windows, sending would-be thieves a sharp message to go elsewhere.

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-26 YARD OF THE WEEK.jpg Ganns earn Yard of the Week honors

    This week’s “Edmond Yard of the Week” winner has been in existence for 44 years at 105 Barbara Drive, but looks fresh and new thanks to longtime residents Betty and Gordon Gann as they fill their garden spaces to overflowing with colors and textures.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Discard the boredom of family game night

    We’re all about families having fun together, and game night is one of the best ways to do that. But playing the same games over and over can get a little stale. So in the interests of injecting a little more fun into your family’s game night, here are some great choices that will keep you and yours engaged and laughing.

    July 25, 2014

  • What’s normal age for voice change?

    Q: When is it normal for a boy’s voice to change? My son is 10, and his voice is getting deeper every day.
    A.: “It’s a very variable process,” says pediatrician Bonnie Miller, associate director of general pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y.. “Puberty will begin as early as age 9. Generally with the advent of puberty, the voice box changes.”

    July 25, 2014

  • IMG_2996.JPG Krazy Daze hits downtown Edmond

    Newly transplanted Edmond residents Hannah Brenning, Cheyenne Middle School 8th grader; Jordan Brenning, Cross Timbers 4th grader; and Sydney Brenning, North High School freshman; check out the items in front of Sterling's in downtown Edmond during the Krazy Daze Sale lasting through Saturday. Businesses will open their doors at 10 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Living history presented at metropolitan libraries

    Hear stories of pace setting women in different eras throughout history. Biographies of Wild West trailblazers, The Harvey Girls, WWII assembly line champion-Rosie the Riveter, mail order bride Mary Elizabeth Walker, and Oklahoma society lady Stella Louise Wilson-Johnson will be reenacted by gifted and prolific storyteller Barbara Byrd.
    Stella Louise Wilson-Johnson was the wife of a prominent Guthrie attorney who shares her experiences and adventures during the early days of Oklahoma statehood. Her presentation will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard. For more information, visit

    July 25, 2014

  • Preparing for a fall home garden

    Gardening can be a year-around activity for those that have an appreciation for fresh and nutritious vegetables. Some of the best vegetables in Oklahoma are produced and harvested during the cooler weather of fall. Successful fall gardens, however, require some work in the summer growing season. Factors to be considered are location, soil preparation, crops to be grown and how/when to plant.  
    The major consideration for garden placement is sunlight. All vegetables require some sunlight; the most popular vegetables require full sun. “Full” sun means at least 8 hours of intense, direct exposure.

    July 24, 2014

  • Fall gardening season has arrived

    Even though the temperature is hot and there are still summer vacations on the calendar, it is time to start thinking about planting your fall garden.
    Most Oklahoma gardeners are still reaping the rewards of their spring gardens, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, but it is not too early to plan for fall gardening crops.

    July 23, 2014