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How to Take Care of Your Pets During an Emergency

Sep 16, 2013 08:20PM ● Published by Ryan Frisch

If there is an emergency…what should you do with your pets?

First and foremost, be prepared. Make sure your pet’s tags are up to date, and that you have everything necessary. If you know a storm is coming you can always call your veterinarian or a local shelter, and depending on area, may allow you to bring your pet there where someone will be with them 24/7 during a weather emergency. Here are a few tips on how to care for your pets in a dangerous situation.

Always bring your pet with you if you have to evacuate!

Pets IDs and tags should be up to date.

If you stay, make sure there is a secure place for your pet. Have a crate for your pet. Write with a waterproof marker your pet’s name and your address and phone number on crate.

Put a copy of your pet’s vaccine records In a Zip-Lock bag, as well as the vet hospital where your animal is usually treated. Then tape to crate. (If your pet is on regular medication, make sure you meds are in the bag with times of administration.)

Have a harness (not a neck collar) for your animal in case there is water damage and you need to swim. (If you have a life vest on hand for your animal, all the better.)

Take PLENTY of food for your pet, at least a weeks’ worth if you can.

Make sure your dog/cat have a microchip (in case you are separated). As well as have a printed out picture in case you need to post pictures around the area or online.

For thunderstorms or loud noises, you can use “Thundershirt” to calm your animal. (available online).

Have an extra blanket, bed, sweatshirt of yours to calm and sooth your pet.


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