www.ChicagoPetEmergency.com) reminds pet owners to have a disaster preparedness plan for their pets. American Veterinary Medical Association and other pet-focused organizations call for pet owners to have an emergency kit for pets that includes:
In airtight containers, at least three days supply of each pet’s:
Also in an airtight container:
Pet owners should also have:
“In making preparations, pet owners should explore options for where to go if they need to evacuate their home as many emergency shelters do not allow pets,” said Dr. Klein.
“Be aware of available options for evacuation prior to an emergency, including identifying pet-friendly hotels or motels; boarding facilities; veterinary hospitals; and family or friends that would temporarily board the pet.”
Pet owners are encouraged to make plans with friends, neighbors and relatives to evacuate your pets from your home if you are unable to do so. Make certain they know where your pet’s emergency supply kit is.
“Pet owners should be sure to talk with their primary care veterinarian about a microchip and data base registration for their pets,” according to Dr. Klein. “Even without a disaster, we regularly get calls from pet owners looking for a lost pet that has no identification. A pet with a microchip that is properly enrolled in a recovery database is much more easily reunited with its owner.”
Dr. Klein also pointed out that, “The emergency kit is a great resource for pet owners that travel with their pets. All of these items are just what is needed whenever your pet is away from your home.”
September is National Preparedness Month. People are encouraged to learn about potential hazards and make plans for themselves and for their pets in the event of an emergency or disaster. Proper preparation can help reduce the risk and anxiety for pets and their people.
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