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Pet Disaster Preparedness Tips

Your pets are dependent on you for care, food, shelter, and water. If a natural disaster occurs, they will be even more dependent on you to get them to safety. It’s important for you and your family to include your pets in your natural disaster preparedness plan. That way, everyone will know exactly what to do when the time comes. Here are some important pet disaster preparedness tips to think about on National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day this May 13th. 

Arrange a Safe Haven or Designated Caregiver

In the event you have to evacuate and can’t take your pet with you to a hotel or shelter, arrange a safe haven or designated caregiver. This should be a trusted boarding facility, friend, or family member who is outside the designated evacuation zone. This person should also be close enough that you can reach them quickly in the event of an evacuation. Make sure it’s someone who knows you and your pets well, and who you and your pets trust.

Prepare Travel Supplies & an Emergency Kit

Make sure you have a travel or emergency kit prepared. The kit should include your pet’s food and medication, as well as a supply of fresh water. The kit should also include a leash, harness, warm bedding, and a pet first aid kit. Put the kit inside your pet carrier or travel crate so you know exactly where it is if you need to evacuate with your pet. 

Make Sure ID Tags & Microchips Are Updated

Your pet’s ID tag should be up to date with your name, phone number, and address, and it should be securely fastened to your pet’s collar. You should also make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date so that you can be quickly contacted if your pet gets away from you during a storm, and manages to get out of their collar. 

Make sure to visit your veterinarian if you’re concerned about a natural disaster hitting your area any time soon. Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet’s overall health, help you develop a travel or shelter in place plan, and give you tips on pet safety and first aid.