September has been Emergency Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect time to be sure you and your pets are taken care of in case of an emergency.
From fires to floods to tornadoes, none of us are immune from unfortunate events. Here are some pet-specific tips to be sure your animals are in good shape in the event of an emergency:
- All pets should have at least one form of identification. Personalized collars and tags are great for these purposes, however, microchips offer a more reliable means of identifying your pet. Be sure that tags and microchip registration have your current contact information.
- Get a rescue alert sticker for your front door that tells firefighters and other rescue teams how many pets you have and what kinds. This should also list your veterinarian’s information.
- Arrange a safe place for your pets. Ideally, you should have a local shelter, boarding facility, or neighbor willing to take your pets in as well as somewhere out of the area lined up in case your area is evacuated.
- Put together an emergency supply and evacuation kit for your pets. This should include a first-aid kit, a small supply of fresh pet food, kitty litter and pans, food and water dishes, an extra collar and leash, bottled water, and any medications your pet might need. Each pet should also have a sturdy carrier. It is also nice to have photocopies of your pets medical records, blankets, flashlights, soap, and garbage bags.
Plan! Know what areas of your house are safe in certain situations. Have all of your emergency supplies in a logical location. Designate caregivers for your pet in advance in case you are unable to care for them temporarily or permanently. A little thought goes a long way when trying to keep your furry family members safe.