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Pet Emergency Weather Preparedness
With hurricane season in full swing, it’s important for the pet owner to be prepared and plan prior to a major storm this summer. Natural disasters occur all over the world, and whether it be a flash flood, hurricane, tornado or an earthquake you’ll need extra arrangements made to ensure the safety of your pet.
Animal care specialists recommend that a “Pet Survival Kit” be prepared using a waterproof covered container. The kit should include:
- Food and water for 2 weeks
- A 2 week supply of any medications your pet may be taking
- A photo of you with your pet in the case of separation.
- Extra leashes and collars
- Puppy training pads in case your dog cannot go outside due to severe weather
- Cleaning supplies
- A crate or carrier large enough for the animal to stand and turn around
- Toys and/or blankets
- Copies of your pet’s rabies certificate and other health certificates
- Cat Litter (if appropriate)
Besides an emergency kit for your pet, planning an evacuation route for you and your pet is crucial. When your family includes a pet, evacuating will involve extra planning. If you plan to stay nearby, check your local emergency shelter to see if they will accept pets. If they do, you will most likely have to pre-register in advance. If the local shelter does not accept pets, be prepared to check neighboring cities outside of the projected path of the storm. Finding pet friendly hotels, or other accommodations, well in advance of a natural disaster will help ease the stress.
Whether you plan on evacuating or staying at home, it is crucial that you don’t leave your pet alone. Your job is to plan, plan, and plan some more - your animals are depending on you.
Posted by: Michelle Germann
Created on: Tue 26 June 2012 22:57
Last modified: Wed 17 October 2012 14:08
This article was posted in Pet Care