ARE YOU PREPARED?
With us coming full strength into hurricane season, its important to not just prepare for yourself but also for your pet. Below is an informational image from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about how to best prepare your pet for any emergency. We also have the following information available for you on a handout that you can pick-up at our office for reference.
Pet First Aid Kit:
Cotton Bandage rolls
Leash/Lead - we have free leads at our hospital! Come pick one up!
Copy of Your Pet’s Vaccine Records including Rabies Tags
Cat Carrier - if you have a cat
Additional Items to consider:
Small Bag of Pet’s Food or Cans - a few days worth (watch expiration dates!)
Pet’s Medication - a few days worth (watch expiration dates!)
Keep the kit along with your own emergency kit. Check it yearly to be sure that everything is still up to date.
Have a Plan*:
Don’t leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:
Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals.
Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.
Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.
If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!