PET PREPAREDNESS MONTH
In many homes people make sure their family is prepared for a disaster. Floods, Wildfires, Earth quakes and many other causes leave us rushing out of our home in distress.
Therefore, it is very important that our furry family members are prepared for disasters as well.
8 easy to follow steps to ensure your pet is ready for evacuation and emergencies.
- A secure Leash, Harness or Collar is a must. During an emergency your pet may be frightened therefor ill fitted walking equipment may result in your pet getting loose.
- Keep at least 3 days of food, water and up to a week of their required medication. If the Emergency is city, state, or nation wide the more supplies you can keep on hand the better.
- Make sure to have a copy of your pets medical records including vaccinations
- Create a pet first aid kit. Important things to include are cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea/tick prevention, latex gloves, rubbing alcohol and saline solution.
- Secure and Update your pets identification. ID Tags, Phone Numbers and Names on Collars and up to date Microchips are a must.
- Keep a crate or other pet carrier-carrier handy. It needs to be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. Having Blankets and Towels is a good idea in case of power outages in the cold.
- Sanitary items: For Cats Include pet litter and litter box, for all pets include paper towels, plastic trash bags, household chlorine bleach
- Keeping a printed and digital photo you and your pet is important. If you get separated from your pet that photo could prove ownership and help others identify your pet. In some emergency situation you won’t have access to digital photos so a printed out photo should be kept in your emergency kit.
Above all else: Stay CALM! Your pet feeds off your energy. A panicking owner=a panicking pet.