September is National Disaster Preparedness month. Are you taking action to make sure your pets are prepared?
Follow these 5 easy steps to prepare your pets.
Dr. Monica Sterk, DVM
Always make sure that your pet has an ID tag with your contact information on their collar. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your pet is microchipped AND that the information on the microchip is up to date. IDing your animal during a disaster will be the easiest way that you and your pet will be reunited, just in case!
2. Keep your records organized
Keeping your pet’s veterinary records or important documents in a folder can be an easy way to make sure that you will be prepared to answer any medical questions about your pet if needed (some shelters or safe places may ask). Even better, keep this folder attached to their pet carrier, for a quick exit!
3. Make a quick evacuation kit
Grab a bag and make an evacuation kit. Here are some ideas of what to put inside: a couple days worth of dry or canned food, bottled water, a feeding dish, a first aid kit, a litter pan with a zip-lock of litter (if you have a cat, of course!), a flashlight, an emergency contact list (with your veterinarian’s info), etc.
4. Snap some pictures
This, of course, is the easiest one of them all… who doesn’t have a million pictures of their pet?! Take some photos of every angle for identification as well as some with yourself. This will make any misfortunes of getting separated from your pet and having to identify your pet much easier!
5. Educate and prepare
The best way to prepare your pet is by making sure you stay organized and prepare yourself. Know where the things you need are so that you can quickly grab what you need. Educate yourself on how to prepare yourself, your family, and your pets. Read up on websites such as Ready.gov and Emergency.CDC.gov to stay up to date and prepared – better safe than sorry!