Thankfully, Joaquin made a right turn and headed out to sea. But what if it hadn’t? Hurricanes, earthquakes and winter storms can cause untold damage, destruction and tragedy. And they can also pose a serious threat to your pets. So it’s important to include them creating an emergency plan for your family. Thinking ahead can save you a lot of when the unpredictable happens. It could even save a life!
Below are some proactive measures you can take to keep your pet safe in event of a disaster.
Have your pet microchipped
Pets and owners often get separated during natural disasters, and on many other occasions as well, as any pet owner will tell you. The fastest way to get reunited with your pet is to have it microchipped. You’ll want to register their details with a national registry. Most veterinarians, shelters and animal control facilities have chip scanners and are the most common places found animals are taken. Be sure to keep the details current and have a recent picture of your pet handy for easy identification.
Keep pet carriers handy
You should have a carrier or crate for each pet in the family. Familiarize you pet with the crate ahead of time so you don’t add to their trauma. You may have to use it on short notice. And consider a crate with securable water and food dishes inside.
Keep your pet’s health records current
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and you record information regarding any special medical needs your pet may have in the national registry.
Save your veterinarian’s phone number
Keep the vet’s number and the local pet hospital’s number in your cell phone contacts, as well as any other emergency contact numbers, of course.
Pack a leash
Even the best-behaved animals can become unruly when frightened. Have a properly fitted collar or harness packed up for each pet and use it as a precaution, BEFORE your pet acts out.
Prepare a pet disaster kit
Pack a disaster kit including a week’s supply of pet food, water and any medications your pet may need. Keep this in a waterproof container and change out the contents frequently to keep them fresh.
Learn how to treat injuries
In a real disaster your pet may become seriously injured. If so, you may need to take precautions from getting bitten while administering aid to the wounded animal. You’ll want to approach the animal slowly and cautiously, and preferably, at their level if possible. Always leave some distance for your safety. Call for help immediately and don’t move the animal until you have spoken with the vet.
For help with your plan and to find out more about providing emergency care for your pet, visit www.banfield.com on the web.
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