Geological events, wildfires, severe storms, chemical accidents or toxic spills, disease epidemics, and other emergencies may force you to evacuate your home. It’s all too easy for pets to run away or get lost during hectic times like these—as a precaution, it’s important that your animal friend is properly identified. Have your pet outfitted with a microchip, make sure they’re wearing ID tags on their collar, or use both methods in tandem. These techniques greatly increase the chance that a lost pet will be returned to the rightful owner.
Keep an on-the-go first-aid kit packed in your car with pet-specific medical supplies like gauze, bandages, medical tape, nail trimmers, a styptic powder, a pet thermometer, a disinfectant solution, and soft towels. You can also store the first-aid kit within a larger emergency pack designed for evacuations—you may need a leash and collar, a pet bed, soft blankets, brushes, litter and a litter box, water bottles, food and water dishes, canned pet food, and a can opener.
Having a plan is essential for taking quick, decisive action in the event of a disaster. Do some research to find out about shelter facilities, veterinary clinics, and pet-friendly hotels outside of town that you may be able to go to if an evacuation is warranted. Check with family or friends who live elsewhere to find out if they would have space for you and your pets in such a situation.
In the event that you need to take shelter at home because of a natural disaster like a tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake, you’ll want to choose an interior room of the house—one without windows if at all possible—in which to secure yourself and your pets. Select this room in advance so you know exactly where to go when disaster strikes.
Your veterinarian can offer even more great tips for preparing your pet ahead of time to face a disaster situation. Call the office today!
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