Friday, September 06, 2019
A weather-related emergency can be a scary, stressful time for the entire family, including pets. While it can be hard to properly prepare for uncontrollable elements, it’s smart to know basic safety precautions to keep your pets safe and close if an emergency occurs.
AKC Reunite shares the following tips to help keep pets safe when disaster strikes.
Emergency Supplies. Create an easily portable and waterproof tote with emergency supplies and provisions that can be easily accessed if evacuation is necessary. Remember to fill waterproof containers with a week’s supply of food, medications and drinking water. Also include a back-up leash, collar and ID tag, as well as food and water bowls.
Organize Information. Make sure all necessary information is written down and ready to go in case of an emergency. Have a recent photo of the pet and owner together, a description of the pet, as well as any proof of ownership, veterinarian contact information and medical and/or insurance records, and feeding schedule information.
Microchip. AKC Reunite recommends permanent identification by a microchip, along with enrollment in a pet recovery service. This can help reunite owners with their pets in the case he/she is displaced during a natural disaster. If your pet is already microchipped, be sure that the information associated with it is up to date.
Take Action. Remember, the safest place for pets is with their owners. Be prepared to take action during an evacuation by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting. Always ensure pets are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date information.
Evacuate. Never leave a pet behind. Most evacuations last only a few days, but sometimes it is not possible to return home quickly. Call hotels and/or shelters ahead of time to confirm pets are welcome.
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